The housekeeper who sued Chris Brown alleging that her Caucasian Shepherd Orvchake “savagely” attacked her in 2020 and won a victory in court on Wednesday. A Los Angeles judge upheld most of his claims against Brown's company and said a trial would begin next month.
Brown's attorney challenged six of the nine claims filed by the housekeeper and her husband in July 2021. The defense attorney claimed that Brown's company, Black Pyramid, did not own the dog and further argued that the lawsuit's allegations were redundant or they simply didn't have the necessary evidence. . The judge dismissed one claim – for negligent infliction of emotional distress – saying it was a duplication of a separate negligence claim, but she upheld a subsequent claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“The court denied Black Pyramid's request for judgment on the majority of the substantive claims that Black Pyramid disputed,” wrote Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lisa R. Jaskol in her ruling adopted Wednesday. fair. She said that at this stage of the case, “the allegation under attack must be accepted as true.” She further ruled that the housekeeper's request for a workers' compensation claim did not prejudice her case because her complaint does not allege that Black Pyramid was her employer.
The housekeeper, who is suing as Jane Doe, alleges in her lawsuit that she was hired by an outside agency to perform cleaning services at Brown's mansion in Tarzana, California, on December 12, 2020. She claims she was taking some trash to had gone to an outdoor receptacle when the dog, named Hades, attacked her out of nowhere, “savagely biting” her face, arms and body.
She says the dog was “literally ripping and tearing off large chunks of skin from her face and arms,” according to the complaint. “She is screaming in terror and asking for help, but no one has come to help her,” said her 28-page lawsuit obtained by Rolling Stone claims.
“As she lies there bleeding profusely, barely able to see the blood covering her eyes, face and body, she observes defendant Brown approaching her, standing over her, while talking on his cell phone,” the lawsuit states. The housekeeper alleges that Brown ordered his security guards to grab Hades and other dogs from the property and remove them from the premises before police arrived.
“Defendant Brown was essentially instructing his security team to destroy evidence and flee the scene. The plaintiff remains on the ground bleeding profusely, with large chunks of skin missing from her face, arms and body, and in fear of death. At that time, the plaintiff reasonably believed that all of the occupants of the house had left her there to die,” her documentation states. She alleges that someone drove Hades hundreds of miles north to Humboldt County, where he was later found with a chip that traced back to Brown. She says the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter determined the dog was dangerous, so he was euthanized.
“Plaintiffs further allege that (Brown) operated an unlicensed business on the premises where he was engaged in the business of breeding large breed, dangerous and vicious dogs from his home, including the sale of these dogs, which included Hades,” the lawsuit states .
The housekeeper's husband, identified as John Doe, alleges in the lawsuit that the “injuries and harm to his wife” caused by the alleged attack led to the breakdown of their marriage. He is suing for “loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society and moral support from his wife, who was nearly killed in the incident and left in a pool of her own blood by the defendants.”
Brown's attorney did not respond to a request for comment after Wednesday's hearing. When Brown responded to the complaint in August 2022, he called the lawsuit “frivolous” and said the plaintiffs were to blame for “the way they behaved.”
In a motion for default judgment against Brown, the housekeeper and her husband claim they suffered damages totaling $120 million.
The housekeeper's sister, meanwhile, was present in the house at the time of the attack and filed a separate complaint alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress. She claims to have heard the dog growling and her sister screaming in pain. Brown responded to the lawsuit by saying her sister does not have standing to sue because she was a “remote” bystander.