Aurora Shooting Victim Files Lawsuit Against Movie Theater, Warner Bros.

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Torrence Brown, Jr., one of the many Dark Knight Rises viewers who was inside the Aurora, Colorado movie theater when James Holmes opened fire last Friday morning, has filed a lawsuit in conjunction with the massacre.

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Brown was not physically injured, but he lost close friend A.J. Boik in the shooting and says he's suffering from major trauma. As a result, he's filed a suit against three defendants:

  1. The movie theater, which attorney Donald Karpel says was negligent in not possessing a more secure emergency door, which made it easy for Holmes to prop it open and enter it with his arsenal of guns.
  2. Holmes' doctors. The lawyer also tells TMZ that Holmes is believed to have been on medication - he was acting VERY strangely yesterday in court - and his doctors failed in monitoring their patient properly.
  3. Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knighr Rises, because the movie is especially violent, Holmes was basing his actions largely around it and movie goes weren't even sure if he was part of the attraction or not when he first made his fatal move.

"Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today," Karpel says.

Do you agree?

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The emergency exit should have been more secure, but the only person to blame for the shootings is the shooter!!!! Our country is such a 'sue happy' place anymore.


@ all: I see on Judge Judy these guys trying to sue over a cell phone or a bad weave, this guy's obviously black.


Men! Some of you all are a bunch of racist idiots. What if the person that who file the lawsuit was not black? Should it even matters what skin color the person may be? People always so quick to put blame on any race that have a color to them. So funny, when a racist fool come log on into the internet, are likely the one's that be scared to show their ugly face. I can remember having a debate with one of the kkk fools online, months ago. To bad, that he or she never used that phone number to call me. What a punk, like the one's that who is making racist comments now.


@marazzo, the idiot wouldn't have bothered to buy a ticket, he would have just shot up the lobby on the way back into the theater showing TDKR. Besides that, the lawsuit is doomed to fail. Legal precedent heavily favors Warner Bros. as Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Oliver Stone, and Rockstar Games(Grand Theft Auto videogames) all won similiar lawsuits filed against them, also adding in last year's Brown v. EMA SCOTUS decision that said violent content is protected free speech. Hell, the families of the Columbine victims tried suing various media companies and lost.


@SouthernSweetT You just proved part of why suing the theater isn't such a bad idea. If those back doors had been operating properly, he WOULD HAVE HAD to go in through the regular line, right? He wouldn't have been able to sneak in through the back, without anyone seeing him. Without the faulty doors, he would have, as you say, had to have "purchased a ticket in full body armor, holding an AR15 and walk[ed] right into the movie theater." That might have caused a few people to call the police, no? SouthernSweetT
July 24th, 2012 7:52 AM I really can't see placing blame on anyone in this situation but the shooter himself. It is not as if he purchased a ticket in full body armor, holding an AR15 and walked right into the movie theater. I'm sure everyone involved suffered trauma, and my heart breaks for them all, but I really can't see how suing the theater, doctor, or WB will help anything.


I bet money hes black.


Surprised the emergency exit door was not alarmed. Thought they were also to prevent people from letting others in without paying?


I can definitely understand complaining about the Exit doors, but suing Warner Bros Studio?? That will not hold up in court! They can not possibly be held responsible for other peoples actions! It is a fictional movie! I hate to put it this way, but if the unfortunate events never took place..he wouldn't have complained about the movie being too violent! If that was the case, then why was he even there? I can understand the hurt and anger that this man feels after losing a friend..but its sad that in times like these, people are using this situation to make a quick buck!


So the first person to file a lawsuit is someone who did not have bodily injury? Come on! Im sure everybody was traumatized, but you dont get to sue because your friend died! What about his family?? Money hungry people like that make me sick!


The complaint was filed by a coon. They always sue to try to make money..anyway like disability/ welfare so they don't have to work. Lazy spear chucker! It was a tragedy and here they come outta the woodwork!