Entertainer Wayne Newton is being sued by a woman from Las Vegas. The woman is seeking at least $ 15,000 in damages.
The complaint was filed against the veteran entertainer after his pet monkey reportedly ‘viciously attacked’ a girl on his property.
THE INCIDENT OF WAYNE NEWTON’S MONKEY
Jocelyne Urena, a Vegas resident, filed a civil negligence complaint on behalf of her daughter Genevieve. Genevieve was a guest at Wayne’s house Casa de Shenandoah on October 17, 2017. During the visit, she was allegedly attacked and bit by a Capuchin monkey named Boo on her right wrist. At that time, she was 15 years old.
The lawsuit claims that the monkey- who was not caged or on a leash at that time- attacked Genevieve without provocation. Urena’s lawyer Marc Naron said that the girl needed medical treatment, follow-up treatment, and counseling. The bite also left her with a scar.
THE RESPONSE OF WAYNE’S WIFE OVER THE LAWSUIT
In response to the lawsuit, Newton’s wife, Kathleen McCrone Newton shared a statement. The statement noted that Newton’s company had already handed over the place to another company in July 2017, three months prior to the alleged monkey attack.
She added, “ We are not the party, and we have no idea what happened in October 2017… John Munson and his company took over on July 2017.”
The place was the singer’s home for more than 40 years. The lavish place featured gardens, pools, stables, and many exotic animals like flamingos, penguins, and even a sloth.
The place was sold in 2010. After that, it was converted into a tourist attraction and museum. Newton and his family moved out to a different place in 2013. The company is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
The Newtons have been the target of many complaints previously due to the animals on the property.
Newton has performed for over 60 years, and his best songs include ” Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” ” Daddy doesn’t walk so fast,” etc.