LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Nederlander-Greek, operators of the iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles have been found liable to the tune of $770,000 in a lawsuit filed by a woman injured while attending a concert at the venue in 2005, The Daily Breeze reported.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Merridy Cress alleged battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, premises liability and negligence. Cress was awarded approximately $1 million in medical fees and compensation for pain and suffering and the jury in the case found Nederlander liable for 60% of the damages and the alleged attacker, Marsha Cooper, 40%.
The attack occurred in 2005 while Cress was attending "WaveFest" when she became involved in an altercation with a woman named Marsha Cooper. Cooper allegedly struck Cress in the face, resulting in serious injury. Cooper's whereabouts are currently unknown.
Cress and her attorneys contend that the venue security staff were not sufficiently trained to deal with a patron like Cooper who was allegedly drunk and unruly towards other patrons.
Nederlander's attorney Howard Slavin told The Daily Breeze that "It's a verdict that's disappointing because we still feel the real culprit was Marsha Cooper." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers