WEST HOLLYWOOD—Landlord Cheri Woods pleaded no contest to a lawsuit brought against her by the city of West Hollywood. The lawsuit is related to an allegation that Woods overcharged one of her tenants more than the legal rent amount.
After accepting her plea deal, Woods was ordered to pay a $500 fine, court fees, and a restitution of $5,185 to her tenant. She was placed on probation for 36 months.
In May 2016, a lawsuit was filed against Woods by the City of West Hollywood, claiming Woods was overcharging one of her tenants. WehoVille.com reported that the city of West Hollywood alleged that Woods was harassing the tenants of her building, called Cheri Amour.
The lawsuit stated that Woods was harassing her tenants, “in a manner that was likely to create a hostile living environment or to cause a reasonable tenant similarly situated to vacate the rental housing unit.”
Woods is known as the madam of Cheri’s Angels which operated from 1975-1987, where she operated a ring of prostitutes from her home. According to the Los Angeles Times, Woods managed over 185 prostitutes to thousands of clients. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1949. She was arrested in 1985 for pandering and sentenced to 4 years in state prison.
Her tell-all autobiography “Death Row Madam” was published in 2001.
Woods purchased the building at 8214 Norton Ave in 2003. The building has a historic significance, as it was once home to rock singer Jim Morrison and his girlfriend Pamela Courson. In 2013, Cheri Woods applied for the building’s landmark status, but withdrew her application in December 2016. Woods has since been selling appliances, furniture, and other pieces from the historic apartment building on Craigslist.
Written By Michelle Zverev and Casey Jacobs