Man beaten in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe parking lot loses lawsuit |

Man beaten in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe parking lot loses lawsuit

The Associated Press

MINDEN — A Douglas County District Court jury has rejected a claim for damages from a man who alleged inadequate security after he was beaten in a Harrah’s Lake Tahoe parking lot.

The jury verdict Tuesday went against Paul Witte, who sued Harrah’s following the August 1998 parking lot attack. Witte said he was jumped by at least three men after a confrontation with one of the men whose car had blocked other vehicles.

Witte claimed Harrah’s had a duty to provide casino patrons with adequate security. He also alleged club employees cleaned up blood at the scene before police arrived, destroying evidence.

Witte also alleged employees failed to preserve tapes from security cameras that could have shown who attacked him, and failed to get statements from numerous potential witnesses.

Harrah’s attorney Margo Piscevich termed Witte’s claims “totally untrue.” She said Witte provoked the fight, adding that there was reasonable security in the parking lot but the fight was over in a matter of seconds.

Piscevich also said the brawl wasn’t recorded on any security tapes and no tapes of the incident were destroyed.

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