A tourist from Minnesota has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas charging defamation, false imprisonment and assault over an Oct. 12, 2010 incident with hotel security.
The lawsuit says Ryan Maurer was awakened at 4 a.m. by hotel security and was detained over mistaken allegations of a domestic disturbance in his room.
Maurer seeks more than $3 million in damages, according to the complaint.
In the complaint, Maurer said there was no disturbance since he was alone in his room. Also in the compliant, Maurer said he told hotel security workers that he was recording the incident on his cell phone. Then, the complaint claims, security workers "slapped the phone out of his hand and attempted to turn it off."
Maurer said Metropolitan Police officers later told him that he was being evicted for "failure to comply" and that he was arrested for trespassing.
He claims in the lawsuit that hotel security and police officers detained him in a holding room for approximately 30 minutes, then unlawfully struck him and defamed him by parading him in handcuffs through the hotel in view of hotel patrons. He also alleges confidential business documents were wrongly searched, reviewed and commented on by security officers.