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    Default Chimp attack victim's family sues chimp owner for $50 million

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    $50 million lawsuit filed by chimp-attack victim
    Woman lost hands, nose, lips, eyelids and may have suffered brain damage

    The Associated Press
    updated 3:20 p.m. PT, Tues., March. 17, 2009

    STAMFORD, Conn. - The family of a woman mauled by a chimpanzee filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages against the primate's owner, saying she was negligent and reckless for lacking the ability to control "a wild animal with violent propensities."

    Attorneys for Charla Nash, who remains in critical condition, filed the lawsuit against Sandra Herold late Monday in Superior Court in Stamford.

    The suit also alleges that Herold had given the chimp medication that further upset the animal. Herold has made conflicting public statements about whether she gave Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, to Travis on the day of the attack. The drug had not been prescribed for the animal, police said.

    Suit accuses negligence, recklessness
    Herold knew the 200-pound chimp, Travis, was agitated when she asked Nash to come to her house on Feb. 16, the lawsuit said. The suit accuses Herold of negligence and recklessness for owning "a wild animal with violent propensities, even though she lacked sufficient skill, strength and/or experience to subdue the chimpanzee when necessary."

    "Our client, Charla Nash, has suffered and will continue to suffer agony and pain beyond our comprehension," attorney Charles Willinger said at a news conference in Bridgeport. "This is a tragedy ... that should not have happened."

    Herold's attorney, Joseph Gerardi, declined to comment Tuesday.

    Nash, 55, lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the 12-minute mauling. Many bones in her face were crushed, and the attack may also have left her blind and brain damaged. She is in critical condition at the Cleveland Clinic, which in December performed the first face transplant in the United States. Doctors haven't said if Nash will be a candidate for such a procedure.

    Another of Nash's attorneys said she can respond to some verbal commands, but the extent of possible brain damage is still unknown. "Going forward, there's going to be astronomical expenses associated with the procedures she's going to require," attorney William Monaco said.

    At least $50 million
    By state law, Nash's lawsuit seeks only an amount greater than $15,000. But Nash's attorneys are also seeking an account of Herold's assets including six pieces of property she owns and her stake in a Stamford used car dealership in hopes of securing $50 million for possible damages, according to court papers. Attorneys say it's unknown if Herold has that much in assets.

    "No amount of money can compensate my sister for the injuries she has suffered," Michael Nash, the appointed conservator of his sister's estate, said in an affidavit. "Nevertheless, it is my belief that probable cause exists that judgment will enter in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of at least $50 million."

    The judge granted a temporary restraining order that prevents Herold from selling or mortgaging her assets, and scheduled an April 13 hearing on the attorney's request for detailed financial information from Herold.

    Herold had asked Nash to come to her home in Stamford on the day of the attack to help lure Travis back into her house. Herold has speculated that the chimp was trying to protect her and attacked Nash because she had changed her hairstyle, was driving a different car and was holding a stuffed toy in front of her face to get Travis' attention.

    Chimp shot and killed by police
    The animal was shot and killed by police, who are weighing whether to file criminal charges against Herold.

    Two other people have said that Travis bit them, in 1996 and 1998. A former animal control officer has said that she warned Herold after a 2003 escape that the pet's behavior was worrisome and she needed to keep it under control.


    April Truitt, who runs the Primate Rescue Center in Kentucky, has said she warned Herold of the dangers of keeping the animal in her home. She said she pleaded with Herold to consider placing the chimp in a sanctuary, but Herold was not interested, saying: "You don't know my Travis."

    When he was younger, Travis starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola, made an appearance on the "Maury Povich Show" and took part in a television pilot.


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    I hope they take everything she has. I don't like this woman at all. She said, she would do it all over again. Her friend is lying in the hospital with no face and you say you would do it all over again? This bitch thinks she is entitled to have an animal that should never ever be a pet. I also think there was a little more to her pet ownership than she admits to. Something was a little off with their relationship.
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    Fuck that. I can see her getting some money, but she (nor anyone else) is worth $50 million.

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    She should at least have all her medical paid for... she is going to need it for the rest of her life which is going to cost in the millions anyways.
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    this woman doesn't even have 50 million
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    This lady should be in jail...she knew and was warned many times that the animal was unstable but she still chose to ignore that and bring people around it! Now this poor woman has no face/eyes/jaw....it's freaking ridiculous!
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    ^Your Michael Jackson pic is in the wrong thread.

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    But, didn't she know her friend had an illegal dangerous animal living with her...and she still went to visit. That's called her damn fault..her medical bills should be paid, though.
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    ...I wonder if her home owner's insurance knew she had a full size chimp living there?.....I would think if they did, they would have required her to take out an extra policy?......

    ...her friend is gonna wish she had died in that attack by the time she gets done with all of the surgeries it'll take to get her back to something that still won't resemble a human.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by *DIVA! View Post
    But, didn't she know her friend had an illegal dangerous animal living with her...and she still went to visit. That's called her damn fault..her medical bills should be paid, though.
    Agree. When you go to someone's house and you know they're harboring a dangerous animal (one who is known to be capable of violence), then that's the chance you take. But her medical bills should be 100% covered.
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