Hard Rock Hotel guest files suit alleging assault, defamation

Mon, Dec 27, 2010 (2:44 p.m.)

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

A Las Vegas Hard Rock hotel-casino guest is suing the property, charging assault, defamation and false imprisonment over an Oct. 12 incident.

Las Vegas attorney Sigal Chattah said Monday the suit was filed in Clark County District Court in behalf of Ryan Maurer.

The suit says Maurer, a tourist from Minnesota, was awoken at 4 a.m. by hotel security and was detained over mistaken allegations of a domestic disturbance in the room. Maurer says there was no disturbance since he was alone in the room. Maurer says Metro Police later advised him he was being evicted for "failure to comply" and that he was arrested for trespassing.

The suit says the trespassing charges were later dropped and that the events were captured on video, which was attached as a court exhibit.

Maurer claims in the suit that the security officers unlawfully struck him, searched his belongings, detained him and defamed him by parading him in handcuffs through the hotel in view of hotel patrons.

A message for comment was left with the Hard Rock.

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