LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury was being picked Thursday for comedian George Wallace’s trial seeking $9 million from a posh Strip resort for a leg injury he received when he fell over stage wiring during a private performance for a corporate group in 2007.
Clark County District Court Judge Ronald Israel said he hoped a jury could be seated to begin hearing testimony Friday.
Wallace, 61, who removes his trademark beret as he enters the courtroom, blames the Bellagio Las Vegas for an Achilles tendon rupture his lawsuit said he suffered while performing for an HSBC Card Services Inc. corporate audience.
He declined outside the courtroom Thursday to talk about the case.
His lead attorney, Dominic Gentile, said he plans to ask the jury for $9 million in damages.
“He did not slip,” Gentile said.
Paul Haire, attorney for the Bellagio, declined comment.
In court filings, Bellagio lawyers said Wallace was careless, and that he voluntarily assumed the risk of injury.