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Friday, 01 July 2011 14:19



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C HICAGO (jGLI) – A Las Vegas, Nevada, nightclub security guard has filed a civil complaint against undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and his bodyguards for choking him when he tried to card them last year.


Clay Gerling, in his mid-20’s, is seeking in excess of $10,000 compensation against Mayweather and company for “willful, wanton, malicious and oppressive” acts that justify “awarding (him) exemplary and punitive damages.”


Although the incident happened last January 2010 at Wild Bill’s Gambling and Casino on Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas, Gerling’s lawyer Donald C. Kudler filed the case before the Clark County court only last May 4, 2011.


Only last Friday, Mayweather was charged with assault that allegedly occurred outside Palms Hotel-Casino last March 27, 2010.


According to the six-page complaint obtained by this reporter, Gerling was working as a security guard at Drai’s Nightclub at Wild Bill’s Gambling Hall and Casino on Jan. 2, 2010. Mr. Mayweather and his bodyguards entered the establishment to go inside Drai’s Nightclub.


When Gerling carded them by asking for their identifications, Mayweather’s bodyguard “maliciously and willfully assaulted and battered” him by “grabbing and choking” him, which “physically injured, and placed (him) in great fear of his life and well-being.”




B ecause of the “wrongful and malicious acts” of Mayweather and company, Gerling said, they caused him to suffer “extreme and severe mental anguish and physical pain” and injured his “mind and (he) has sustained physical injuries to his body, including, but not limited to, injuries to his body and neck, some of which may be permanent in nature, all to his damage in sum in excess of $10,000.”


Gerling added because of “severe emotional distress and physical pain,” he is seeking an additional $10,000 damages.


Gerling is also seeking additional money from Mayweather and his bodyguards to pay off his “medical services, drugs and sundries reasonably required in the treatment and relief of the injuries he sustained.”


He is also seeking compensation for his loss of income as he was “prevented from attending his usual profession for a period in the future which we cannot now ascertain.”


Also named in the complaint were Mayweather’s foundation bearing Mayweather’s name, Floyd Joy, Inc. and #1Philty Rich Records and Does I-V, Does V-X and Roe Corporations I-V.


The case has been assigned at Department 1 presided over by Judge Kenneth C. Cory.




An e-mail message to Mayweather’s lawyer sent by this reporter for comment was unanswered.


Kudler said instead of filing an answer to Gerling’s complaint, Mayweather’s lawyer filed a motion to dismiss.


In the other case, Anthony Cliff, a resident of Clark County, said the incident against him happened on March 27, 2010 in the valet parking area of Palms.

Cliff's attorneys, Gazda & Tadayon, said in the lawsuit Cliff tried to take the boxer's photo and made some comments about a potential fight for Mayweather.


When Mayweather replied that Cliff was disrespecting him and gave the thumbs-down sign to his bodyguards, the bodyguards struck Cliff in the face, knocking, pulling and pushing him to the ground.


Cliff said the “thumbs-down” was Mayweather’s signal for his bodyguards to attack him.


Cliff said his head struck the pavement and the bodyguards repeatedly kicked him in the back and side.


Mayweather and company are being sued for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention of employees.


The Palms is also being sued for negligence, for failing to have adequate security in the valet parking area and failing to keep Mayweather and his entourage in check.


Mayweather had already several run-ins with the law in the past. # # #


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