LAS VEGAS — Hard to say who is the dummy here.
A tourist from southern California has filed a lawsuit against Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip, claiming he suffered lasting injuries when he mistook a mannequin inside a display case in his darkened hotel room and fled in terror and hurt himself.
Kent Jacobs Boutwell said in the suit that he was surprised by what he thought was a human figure as he entered his hotel room in May 2015. Thinking it was an intruder, Boutwell said he suffered serious injuries as he attempted to flee the room.
The figure turned out to be a mannequin wearing a “Miller Lite” racing suit that was within a glass display case in the room. Hotel officials said such memorabilia is typically put in Planet Hollywood rooms in keeping with its theme.
Boutwell says he suffered unspecified injuries to his body, limbs, organs, mind and nervous systems, resulting in conditions that may be permanent and disabling. He is seeking at least $10,000 in damages.
The lawsuit claims the hotel should have known better than to place a life-sized human figure in a darkened room as it could be dangerous and that Planet Hollywood should warn its guests about the mannequins.
A spokesman for Caesars Entertainment, which owns Planet Hollywood, declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing pending litigation.