Josh Waring plans to sue Orange County, Calif., after saying his jail cell was pepper-balled.
Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Lauri Peterson’s son claims that deputies “deployed five non-lethal pepper balls” into his cell at California’s Intake Release Center earlier this summer, according to The Blast. He said the alleged attack was “unprovoked,” and that he was not able to access medical attention or water afterward. As a result, he wants $2 million.
Peterson told Page Six on Tuesday that she believes the alleged actions could have been in retaliation for Josh filing grievances regarding his treatment behind bars. She said Orange County has 30 days to respond to his complaint. He has been in prison on attempted murder charges for two years.
“He writes grievances but they just laugh at those, tear them up and throw them in the trash can,” she said.
Peterson told us that she believes officers continue to mistreat her son.
“When they get mad at him they won’t let him make his phone calls that are court ordered,” she alleged. “He’s to receive two hours of court-ordered phone calls which they’d withhold those for days. They turned off his lights in his cell … there’s only one light in his cell … they turned off his light for seven days. And so he was in total darkness for seven straight days.
“They’ll put him in the visiting booth and leave him there for up to eight hours sometimes without even letting the visitor come see him. But they’ll keep him chained to a metal stool with no food or water or a restroom break or medication.”
Page Six previously reported that Waring is suing Orange County for $1.4 million, claiming his privileged phone calls were intercepted while he was acting as his own attorney.
Peterson told us he came up with the $1.4 million figure — $1,000 per violation — based on the judgment in another case over a similar matter.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post.