During a tour of Wayne Newton’s former estate in Las Vegas, a 15-year-old girl was apparently attacked by a monkey that was kept there as a pet. This occurred back in October 2017. Now, the mother of that girl has filed a lawsuit against both Newton and the company that owns the estate. Colorado residents should know that the plaintiff is asking a minimum of $15,000 in damages.
The estate is called Casa de Shenandoah and is both a museum and a tourist attraction. Guests can tour the 40-acre mansion with its gardens, its stables for the Las Vegas singer’s horses and its collection of exotic animals. Both the mother and daughter went on this tour upon invitation. The lawsuit alleges that the pet monkey had attacked without provocation.
The estate was sold to investors in 2010. On July 1, 2017, the company that runs the museum and tours took control after the Newtons severed their business ties with it. In a statement made to a local newspaper, Newton’s wife claims that they had no knowledge of the attack since it happened three months after the company took over and that, consequently, the Newtons should not be listed as defendants in the lawsuit.
It is clear that this case involves premises liability law. People who are hurt on another’s property through the negligence of the owner may recover damages. Owners have a duty of care to all lawful entrants, and as long as these entrants were not acting in an unsafe manner themselves, they cannot be held responsible for their injuries. Injured victims might want to have legal assistance throughout the process.