Comic tells Vegas jury that onstage leg injury felt like bear trap
Comedian George Wallace appears in court for his lawsuit against Bellagio Las Vegas on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/The Las Vegas Sun, Sam Morris)
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 7:53AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 28, 2014 2:48PM EDT
LAS VEGAS -- Veteran comedian George Wallace has told a Nevada jury it felt like a bear trap clamped his leg when he injured his Achilles tendon during a stand-up comedy show at a Las Vegas Strip resort.
The 61-year-old comedian returned to the witness stand Friday in a civil negligence lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from the Bellagio resort.
Wallace told jurors he never stopped his performance despite becoming entangled in wiring during the private show for a corporate audience in December 2007.
Bellagio attorneys say Wallace voluntarily assumed the risk of injury, had a pre-existing injury and was careless onstage.
Wallace followed the show at the Bellagio with a performance at his regular 10 p.m. show at the Flamingo, but he stayed seated onstage in a swivel chair.