Vallejo reaches tentative $2.5M settlement in Denise Huskins 'Gone Girl' case

Couple in bizarre Vallejo kidnapping case settle for $2.5M

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Denise Huskins and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn, right, who were wrongly accused of fabricating Huskins' kidnapping from their home, have reached a $2.5 million settlement with the city of Vallejo and its police department.

On March 23, 2015, Huskins and Quinn were awakened and drugged by an intruder in their Mare Island home. He pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and is serving a 40-year prison term.

Huskins and Quinn sued the city, Detective Matthew Mustard and Lt. Kenny Park in 2016, alleging the couple suffered emotional and physical distress, humiliation and hardship because of the Vallejo Police Department investigation.

Vallejo police apologized after discounting the request for help.

Quinn's mother, Marianne Quinn, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the settlement in the lawsuit was reached Thursday. Huskins was then kidnapped, sexually assaulted and imprisoned for two days before being released near her father's home in Southern California.

"What happened to us should not happen to anyone", the couple said in a statement. Investigators said they found videos of Muller sexually assaulting Huskins.

During and after the kidnapping, Muller used an anonymous email address to send messages to a San Francisco reporter claiming that Huskins was abducted by a team of elite criminals practicing their tactics.

Muller was later arrested in connection with an unrelated attempted robbery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Authorities said they found a cellphone that they traced to Muller and a subsequent search of a vehicle and home turned up evidence, including a computer Muller stole from Quinn, linking him to the abduction.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News.

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