Cop allegedly snooped on celebs. A lawsuit says that a Los Angeles police officer sold confidential celebrity info to tabloids

By Brian Hiatt
Updated April 09, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Los Angeles police officer allegedly sold information from law enforcement files on celebrities such as Halle Berry to supermarket tabloids, according to a recently settled lawsuit cited by the Los Angeles Times. The officer, Kelly Chrisman, acknowledges looking up files on celebrities including Sharon Stone and Drew Barrymore, but says he did so only for a department-approved project, according to the Times. But a lawsuit filed by his former girlfriend, Cyndy Truhan (née Cyndy Garvey, former wife of baseball Hall of Famer Steve Garvey and a onetime L.A. TV host), said that he generously supplemented his police income by selling confidential information — which may have included unlisted phone numbers — to the tabs, the paper reported.

An L.A. police spokesperson told that Chrisman has been relieved of duty with pay, and that an internal investigation continues into his actions. Chrisman’s lawyer, Christopher Darden (yes, the O.J. prosecutor) couldn’t be reached for comment, but he told the Times that his client had never improperly used information on celebs. ”There’s really nothing in those records to sell to tabloids,” he said. ”He didn’t do it. That’s that.” Chrisman’s phone records reportedly show calls to a National Enquirer reporter, but that paper’s editor told the Times that his writers never buy information from cops.

Chrisman has said that he was looking up information on celebrities after a superior asked him to compile a map of high-profile people in the Westwood area, according to the Times. But the LAPD reportedly denies that such a project ever existed. Among the other celebrities Chrisman allegedly researched were Meg Ryan, Larry King, Farrah Fawcett, Courteney Cox Arquette, Sean Penn, and Dionne Warwick. Warwick’s psychic friends have not yet joined the investigation, however.