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James Holmes Massacre

First Lawsuit

7/24/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

James Holmes mug shotOne of the victims in the James Holmes mass murder spree has lawyered up and plans to file a lawsuit ... because he feels the theater dropped the ball in a very fatal way.

Torrence Brown, Jr. was in Century 16 Theater when Holmes let loose.  One of Brown's best friends, A.J. Boik, was shot in the chest and died.  Brown, who was not physically injured, claims to now suffer from extreme trauma.

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Brown has hired attorney Donald Karpel to rep him.  Karpel tells TMZ ... he is targeting 3 defendants.

1.  The theater.  Karpel claims it was negligent for the theater to have an emergency door in the front that was not alarmed or guarded.  It's widely believed Holmes entered the theater with a ticket,  propped the emergency door open from inside, went to his car and returned with guns.

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2.  Holmes' doctors.  Karpel says it appears Holmes was on several medications -- prescribed by one or more doctors --  at the time of the shooting and he believes the docs did not properly monitor Holmes.

3.  Warner Bros.  Karpel says "Dark Knight Rises" was particularly violent and Holmes mimicked some of the action.  The attorney says theater goers were helpless because they thought the shooter was part of the movie.  Karpel tells TMZ, "Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today."

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Kobe_No_Means_No    

If James Holmes is insane then you cannot give him the death penalty. FACT.

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Chris    

Leave it to some a-hole to seek monetary damages from a freaking massacre. "Yeah, uhm - I didn't die, or even get hurt. To tell you the truth, I watched my best friend get shot in the chest. I feel that I deserve some $$$. I think I'll go after the killers dentist next. I heard that he went crazy due to a cavity. Maybe."

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Laura    

i dont even know what to say about this, seriously? Someone who experienced trauma, usually isn't so quick to lawyer up. Warner Bros.?? I feel bad for the victims, but this guy just looks like he's trying to get something from people who really couldn't of done nothing to stop this guy. This man was set out to kill, and nothing was gonna change that.

800 days ago
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Spiffy    

For the love of money.

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gbs1991    

Wow way to try and cash out. What the freak?! You went to see the freaking movie cause of the violence! Now you wanna sue because of it? Get a life...better yet be thankful you still have yours.

800 days ago
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Cichlidae    

Defendant One : The theatre - He might have a case
Defendant Two : The Doctors - Just because Holmes was medicated doesn’t prove the Doctors are responsible. Some medications can cause irrational behaviour themselves. Holmes made his choices, not the Doctors. No case.
Defendant Three : Warner Bros - Your client purchased a ticket for a violent film. Your client sat down to watch a violent film. Had your client chosen to avoid the film because of its violence then he wouldn’t have been in the situation at all. No case.

800 days ago
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DrTyrell    

TMZ, thank you for making James Holmes famous. He couldn't have done it without you!

800 days ago
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Anne    

Warner Bros.? How? While I sympathize with Brown's plight of witnessing a horrible act, and I do believe he is legitimately traumatized, millions watched that movie and didn't do what James Holmes did. If it weren't TDK, it would be another movie/song/tv show/clothing style/news event/etc. that he would have emulated. The person to blame is James Holmes, who was the sole perpetrator of this horrible act.

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love_Charlie    

seriously... on the America would some low life nobody attempt to profit off this absolute tradgedy. The world is sending condolences to the families of those mmurdered and this guy is seeking $$ for surviving.. Im sure there are 12 families out there who would for go every penny they have ( or ever will have) just to be able to hold their loved one close again. This loser should be ashamed of himself and the attorny is obviously out for 5 minutes of fame... come on,

800 days ago
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It Be Me..    

How can he look at himself in the mirror. Your parents should be so proud... NOT!!!!

800 days ago
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R2    

This guy is unbelievable! His friend's body is still warm and he's already trying to cash in on a tragedy in the most ridiculous way. The theater for not having an emergency door adequate enough for him. Of course the theater knew that a piece of S. would use the door to try to kill everyone inside.
The doctors? How does this guy have privileged information about the meds the piece of s. was taking and no one else does? Did the doctors break doctor/patient confidentiality with THIS guy?
And finally, Warner Bros. because Dark Knight Rises, a movie that the piece of S. NEVER saw (!!!), as he was too busy killing people, was "particularly violent". This guy's a piece of work.

800 days ago
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Aussie_Girl    

seriously... only in America would some low life nobody attempt to profit off this absolute tradgedy. The world is sending condolences to the families of those mmurdered and this guy is seeking $$ for surviving.. Im sure there are 12 families out there who would for go every penny they have ( or ever will have) just to be able to hold their loved one close again. This loser should be ashamed of himself and the attorny is obviously out for 5 minutes of fame... come on,

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Annette    

This guy is disgusting. I see no way that the theater is responsible for what happened. He wasn't even hurt. He is clearly trying to cash in--at a time when people are in shock about what happened and when there are actual victims who were injured or killed!

I hope the case is thrown out of court and that he is shunned and shamed by everyone for being so selfish and greedy.

800 days ago
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Malika    

The only thing that is on his brain isn't what happen, but the money he could get.

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JMP    

Really? What an idiot.

800 days ago
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