LAS VEGAS (CN) — Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil faces a federal lawsuit and criminal charges from an alleged April 4 assault of a mother at the entrance to a Las Vegas casino.
In her Thursday lawsuit, Kelly Guerrero lists seven previous incidents, including five arrests, which she says shows that Neil has “an ongoing pattern and practice of drunken, out-of-control violent and dangerous conduct.”
Guerrero says she was walking with her 14-year-old son near the entrance to the Aria Hotel when they realized they were walking behind actor Nicholas Cage, Vince Neil and comedian Carrot Top.
Guerrero says Cage is her son’s favorite actor, and that Carrot Top briefly spoke with her.
As Cage walked past, Guerrero says, she told him, “I love you” and, “My son loved you in ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘City of Angels.'”
As she spoke to him, Guerrero says, Cage placed Neil in a headlock, and the two men appeared to engage in horseplay.
She says that as Cage released Neil and started to walk away, Neil attacked her without provocation or warning, grabbing her hair from behind, yanking her to the pavement and onto her back, fracturing her coccyx.
Cage grabbed Neil, placed him in a headlock and shouted, “Stop,” Guerrero says in the complaint. She says Neil, 55, was “severely intoxicated and/or under the influence of powerful drugs” and staggered toward another woman after Cage let go.
Neil then grabbed and attacked the other woman, and Cage stopped that attack by holding Neil in a bear hug and headlock as the two men staggered out the door, according to the complaint.
Guerrero says her son witnessed Neil’s assault and battery upon her, that hotel security called police, and Neil is charged with misdemeanor assault and has a July 27 court date in Las Vegas Justice Court.
On the day after the assault, Guerrero says, she went to Desert Springs Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a sprained or strained back and neck and a “sacral contusion due to physical assault.”
Her doctor in her home town of Santa Cruz, Calif., diagnosed her with a fractured coccyx and a “severe left hip injury,” and she has needed medical care and psychotherapy “due to the severe trauma Vince Neal inflicted on her,” she says in the complaint.
Guerrero seeks more than $75,000 for assault and battery and emotional distress. She says Neil’s “narcissistic, violent behavior subjects him to exemplary and punitive damages.”
According to the lawsuit, Neil killed a passenger in a head-on crash while driving drunk in 1984, punched out a record producer in 2002 and was sentenced to restitution and community service, pleaded no-contest to assaulting a sex worker in 2003, was arrested after beating a sound man unconscious in 2004, pleaded guilty to recklessly driving a Ferrari in 2007, pleaded guilty to drunk driving in 2010 and did 15 days in Clark County Jail, and was charged with battery/domestic violence in 2011 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Neil’s talent agency, BiggTime Entertainment, was not immediately available by telephone and did not respond to an email request for comment Thursday evening.
Guerrero’s attorney James Lee was not immediately available by telephone Thursday evening.
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