“Entertainer Wayne Newton is being sued by a Las Vegas woman who claims the veteran crooner’s pet monkey bit and injured her daughter during an invited visit to Newton’s showpiece mansion nearly two years ago,” the AP reports. “Jocelyne Urena seeks at least $15,000 in damages on behalf of her daughter, Genevieve, in a civil negligence complaint filed Wednesday in Nevada state court in Las Vegas.”
The lawsuit, which does not describe the nature of the alleged injuries, claims the monkey attacked Genevieve without provocation during a tour of the singer’s former estate, known as Casa de Shenandoah.
“Newton’s wife, Kathleen McCrone Newton, said in an email that a family business entity broke ties with Casa de Shenandoah in July 2017, three months before the lawsuit alleges the girl was injured,” the AP reports, quoting Newton’s wife saying: “We are not a party and have no idea what happened in October 2017.”
The AP adds: “The lavish 40-acre (16.2-hectare) property southeast of the Las Vegas Strip was home to ‘Mr. Las Vegas’ and his family for more than 40 years. The walled compound featured several homes, gardens, pools, stables for Newton’s prized Arabian horses and a menagerie of exotic animals also including flamingos, penguins and even a sloth.”