A Los Angeles police officer allegedly made lewd remarks about Whitney Houston's naked corpse after she was found dead in a Beverly Hills Hilton hotel suite, legal documents have alleged.

According to a complaint filed by Sgt Brian Weir with Los Angeles Police Department, his colleague, Sgt Terry Nutall, lifted the sheet covering the late singer's genitals when they attended the death scene and made inappropriate comments.

Nutall allegedly said: "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?" before adding that she looked "attractive for a woman of her age and current state".

He "treated the body of the deceased in a way that Nutall knew would outrage ordinary family sensibilities," the complaint read.

Houston was discovered submerged in a bathtub in her hotel room. The coroner ruled that she accidentally drowned in a bathtub because of heart disease and chronic cocaine use.

Weir claims that he was punished by his managers after he reported the incident. He claims that LAPD "retaliated" by removing him from his position with the Swat and K-9 units. He says that his pay was cut and he was harassed.

Lt Lincoln Hoshino denied any "retaliation".

"The responding detective sergeant in question was working in the city of Beverly Hills on another assignment, and he did properly and appropriately respond to the scene," Hoshino said.

"It is appropriate for a responding detective sergeant to briefly examine the body upon arriving to a scene like that."