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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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46.

Jeremy    

Why don't we blame Marilyn Manson while we're at it?

771 days ago
47.

gazoo    

Can he prove he was even in the theater? He may have known one of the deceased, but what proof does he have he was actually there? People who are truly traumatized by a horrific event need time to process the event and theirf fear. Most survivors are so happy/ guilty to be alive while friends perished they didn't think of things like lawsuits until quite a bit of time has passed. I'm betting he wasn't even there. You will see several more of these keying s*** come out of the woodwork

771 days ago
48.

blondermic    

guys look I found this ***gots facebook. What a horrible guy to try and get money from such a tragedy.

771 days ago
49.

blondermic    

Found this ***s facebook

http://www.facebook.com/torrence.brownsmith.9

771 days ago
50.

Jesse    

Targets 3 defendants. Not one of them is the shooter. This country is all sorts of ****ed up.

771 days ago
51.

blondermic    

he says in one of his facebook posts

"The Craziest night of my life. So much blood, too many bodies. Its crazy that i even got out. Who ever was in movie, #9, be thankful you have another day. Cause i am. Amen"

He is only thankful so he can sue

771 days ago
52.

gazoo    

Well looky here, a CNN article about AJ Boik, and NO MENTION OF Terrance Brown. According to the article AJ's friend Jordan Crofter and his girlfriend went to the movie with him NOT Terrance. For such a close friend as Terrance claims, you'd think he was invited.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/21/us/colorado-shooting-victims/index.html?hpt=hp_c2#boik

Looks like I was right Terrence is a liar.

771 days ago
53.

Truth    

OH MAN, THIS LAWSUIT SOUNDS PATHETIC! THEY CANT SQUEEZE A CENT OUT OF HOLMES SO NOW THEY GO AFTER EVERYTHING AND A ****ROACH TO SQUEEZE A DIME. 1. LIKE, HOW MANY EMERGENCY EXITS ARE GUARDED ANYWHERE LET ALONE A THEATRE? THAT'S THE REASON IT'S CALLED AN EMERGENCY EXIT SO IF **** HAPPENS PEOPLE HAVE FREE ACCESS TO LEAVE NOT FACE SECURITY GUARDS ASKING WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY... MAKE THE THEATRE A F*CKING AIRPORT THEN YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE SECURITY SEARCHES YOU WANT. STUPID KID IS PATHETIC!! 2. DOCTORS. YEA RIGHT YOU LITTLE RETARD. HOW MANY DOCTORS BABYSIT PATIENTS 24-7 THAT ISNT CONFINED TO A HOSPITAL? THE DUDE IS GROWN. WHAT HE DOES AT HOME AND OUTSIDE THE DOC'S OFFICE ISNT THE DOC'S RESPONSIBILITY. IF HOLMES IS DOCTOR SHOPPING AND GETTING MEDS HOW IS IT OTHER DOCTORS FAULT WHEN THERE ISNT A NATIONAL DATABASE OF ALL PATIENTS, MEDS, PHAMARCIES, ETC ALL LINKED UP? THIS WONT FLY... 3. WARNER BRO'S. HAHAHAHAHHAA. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE. HOW ABOUT THIS... IF YOU DONT LIKE VIOLENT MOVIES, DONT GO AND HAVE A SEAT AT HOME. THEN IF YOU KILL YOURSELF YOU CAN BLAME THE ASS WIPE IN THE MIRROR. THIS SUIT WONT GO ANYWHERE. GOOD LUCK LITTLE BOY... AIIIIIGHT!! #TRUTH!!

771 days ago
54.

the_truth_hurts    

worthless greedy turd...he should be happy to be alive...give him a free movie ticket and a large pop corn and a beating for being trash

771 days ago
55.

Steve    

Bye TMZ, I read your site for gossip, not redheaded freaks

771 days ago
56.

Debster    

Good for him - I hope the others file similar lawsuits and win!

771 days ago
57.

angela    

greedy ass people all movie theaters have armed guards at the emergency exits,why don't they sue the paving company as well that made the parking lots of the theater and roadways to get there also, really pisses me off the way money motivates ignorance

771 days ago
58.

BB not bb    

The only valid point I see here is with Holmes doctors and maybe even the drug companies. The theater is go at your own risk, no one forced him to buy a ticket therer and exits aren't usually alarmed or guarded. You can't sue the movies because that is just art and he knew it was going to be violent and dark before he went to see it. Alot of art is dark and violent but you can't ban it for that.


I am sure Warner Brothers and the AMC Theaters are very upset about this. I don't think they planned for this or expected this. I think doctors and drug companies do know the side effects of their meds though, and they know that they can really scramble someone's mind mentally and emotianally and even maybe spiritually. Maybe what we need a ban on is these drugs, not guns that could have stopped this action in its tracks.


An armed audience would have been the best bet here, not an armed guard at the doors. Most theaters have two exit doors and up to four if they are large. You can't have armed guards at all the doors, it is not a prison.

I don't know what kind of meds this guy was on, but Vicodin is mildly mood altering compared to some other drugs that are intended to alter brain chemistry, resulting in changes that end up being permanent and not like the normal brain any more.

771 days ago
59.

Tracy    

Okay I am not insensitive....really I am not. BUT to sue the makrs of the movie??? What the he!! were you doing going out at midnight to see a much anticipated Batman rises???? WHy would you go see such a violent film??? ( sarcasm) I can understand the other two defendents but suing the movie maker is crazy. While I sympothize with this man and all the victims suing the movie maker is stupid. Go after the other two.

771 days ago
60.

LANZOH    

Wow, only in America.

771 days ago
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