Man sues Planet Hollywood for assault after surprising him with a life-size doll

There are hundreds of reasons to run screaming from a Las Vegas hotel room, but this last may be the first of its kind, even for Sin City.

Kent Jacobs Boutwell, a native of Southern California, has filed a lawsuit against the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino after he was injured during the flight, a life-size doll that was included in his room is decorated.

In the lawsuit, on May 15 in Clark County District Court, Boutwell says that he was shocked and surprised by a human figure, when he is in his darkened room in the heart of the Strip in May 2015. Believe that there is a person waiting to harm him, Boutwell says he frantically tried to escape, and that he had a serious injury while doing so.


The human figure, however, was just a mannequin wearing a “Miller Lite” race overall. It was also locked in a glass cabinet.

Regardless of whether or not the humanoid figure was a real threat, Boutwell, says the injuries he sustained are very real. Among them, Boutwell claims to have suffered injuries to his body, the limbs, the organs, mind and nervous system, resulting in the conditions which may be permanent and disabling.

The lawsuit also claims that the Planet Hollywood “knew or should have known” that such a dangerous condition “existed on or around the premises,” and therefore “had a duty to warn patrons of the existence of such a condition,” according to documents obtained by Courthouse News.

Boutwell also says the incident has left him limited in what he can do for work and pleasure, including loss of life enjoyment.

“I have some experience with handling hotel casino cases,” Boutwell’s attorney, Richard Johnson, told the Associated Press. “This was definitely a new set of facts.”


The Caesars Entertainment Group, owner and operator of the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, has released a report regarding the incident, though they would not comment about the case itself.

“Although we do not comment on ongoing legal cases, historically, much of the Planet Hollywood rooms are decorated with memorabilia, which has been removed during a $125 million full modernisation and refurbishment of all 2,496 rooms,” said Caesars in a statement obtained by 3 News Las Vegas.

Boutwell is seeking damages of more than $10,000 to cover medical expenses, attorney fees and future lost wages, as well as general damages for pain, suffering and psychological symptoms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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