November 29, 2012

Chimp attack victim settles for $4 million

The Associated Press

TAMFORD, Conn. – A settlement agreement calls for a woman disfigured in a chimpanzee attack to receive about $4 million from the estate of the animal's now-dead owner, according to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

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In this undated photo provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital, Charla Nash is seen after her May, 2011, face transplant at the hospital. The Connecticut woman was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. (AP Photo/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Lightchaser Photography)

Attack victim Charla Nash's brother filed the lawsuit on her behalf in 2009 in state Superior Court seeking $50 million in damages from chimp owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled outside Herold's home in Stamford in February 2009.

"The case is resolved," said Brenden Leydon, a Stamford lawyer representing Herold's estate. "I think it was a fair compromise on all sides."

Charla Nash, 57, now lives in a nursing home outside of Boston. She had gone to Herold's home on the day of the attack to help lure Herold's 200-pound chimpanzee, Travis, back into her home. But the animal went berserk and ripped off Nash's nose, lips, eyelids and hands before being shot to death by a police officer.

Travis had starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola when he was younger and made an appearance on "The Maury Povich Show." The constant companion of the widowed Herold, the chimp could eat at the table, drink wine from a stemmed glass, use the toilet and dress and bathe himself.

The settlement agreement calls for Herold's estate to provide Nash with $3.4 million in real estate, $331,000 in cash, $140,000 in machinery and equipment and $44,000 in vehicles.

 

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