Instead of sharing her thoughts with Watson, Bañuelos lodged official complaints with the Orange County Superior Court, where Watson works, and the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance. Just days later, Bañuelos says Watson called her. Except for her courtroom confrontation, it was the first time she had spoken directly to her landlord since April 2001.
"He said he wanted to settle with me," she said. "He was so polite on the phone I could not believe it. He was very cordial, very nice. I was blown away."