Posted by Bossip Staff
After that horrific chimp attack last month, the victim, Charla Nash may have suffered brain damage and has lost her nose, lips, eyelids and both of her hands:
The family of a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee last month has filed preliminary legal papers seeking $50 million in damages against the primate’s owner. Legal papers were filed late Monday in Superior Court in Stamford against Sandra Herold by relatives of Charla Nash. The papers seek an accounting of Herold’s assets and an order that would prevent her from liquidating assets.
The Cleveland Clinic has said 55-year-old Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids and may be blind and suffering brain damage after the attack on Feb. 16 in Stamford. The 200-pound chimp was shot and killed by police. A message was left with Herold seeking comment. Last month, Stamford police have said they also were looking into the possibility of criminal charges.
A pet owner can be held criminally responsible if he or she knew or should have known that an animal was a danger to others. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said that a defect in Connecticut’s laws allowed Herold to keep the chimp in her home, probably illegally. There are rules requiring large primates to be registered by the state, but officials have some discretion in enforcing them and violations carry only minor penalties, he said.
“This animal probably was illegally kept, so far as that statute is concerned,” Blumenthal said. “Clearly, some kind of permission was necessary for this animal to be at that residence.” Authorities are trying to determine why the chimp, a veteran of TV commercials who could dress himself, drink wine from a glass and use the toilet, suddenly attacked.
These cats are trying to get seriously paid behind this tragedy. 50 Million is a pretty steep fee to pay to a woman who knowingly went to deal with a psychotic chimpanzee, but our heart goes out to her regardless. Yikes.