Lawsuit: Mannequin scare led to injury
LAS VEGAS - A tourist is suing a Las Vegas Strip hotel, claiming a life-sized mannequin in his darkened room caused him to flee andsuffer injuries. Kent Jacobs Boutwell, of Southern California, filed the lawsuit Monday against the Planet Hollywood casino-hotel in Clark County District Court, seeking at least$10,000 in damages. “I’ve got some experience handling hotel casino cases,” said Boutwell’s lawyer, Richard Johnson. “This was certainly a new set of facts.”
Caesars Entertainment declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing pending litigation. On the use of mannequins intheir nearly 2,500 hotel rooms, a spokeswoman said Planet Hollywood has traditionally been decorated with memorabilia, which is being removed amid renovation.
Boutwell said he was shocked and surprised by a human figure when he entered his darkened hotel room in May 2015. As he tried to escape the room thinking that there was a person inside, he said he suffered serious injuries. The human figure was a mannequin wearing a “Miller Lite” racing suit that was locked in a glass cabinet.
The lawsuit claims he suffered undefined injuries to his body, limbs, organs, mind and nervous systems, resulting in conditions that may be permanent and disabling.