Roy Horn, part of what what once known as half of the iconic Siegfried and Roy is facing serious sexual assault allegations.
Back in the day, it seems that everyone – – at least if you were here in Las Vegas, knew of the dynamic duo. From their humble beginnings at the old Frontier Hotel, to their globally acclaimed famed show at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, German born Siegfried and Roy, or simply S & R to many, were synonymous with greatness and of course, master illusions.
And then the unthinkable happened. On his 59th birthday while performing at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Roy Horn was attacked on stage by one his tigers, a white tiger named Montecore. There was a lot of controversy over the attack with Siegfried Fischbacher later saying, “I say it was an accident”. That “accident” marked the end of the famed S & R.
Roy Horn had numerous surgeries and was apparently on the mend although Fischbacher kept Horn out of the public eye with only carefully cultivated public appearances such as when he celebrated his 67th birthday, 8 years after the attack, at The Mirage Resort and Casino in 2011.
By all accounts, Fischbacher has been a true friend ensuring that all of Roy Horn’s needs were met. Due to his condition, this included round the clock caretakers.
These caretakers are now suing. A video recently surfaced, showing Horn groping his caretakers against their will.
TMZ says they have seen the video which has footage from 2010 and that the inappropriate behavior includes Roy kissing the caregivers, who are all male, and grabbing their private parts.
The caregivers are saying that Horn insisted on the surveillance. Now that the video is known, it is alleged that Horn is saying that the caregivers involved signed a confidentiality agreement and is demanding the tapes back.
The caregivers, who tell TMZ that they are not gay and all have families, have sued Horn in Nevada court for the alleged assaults and have retained Andrew Rempher as their attorney. Rempher says,
“It’s probably some of the most graphic things that you’ll see in terms of evidence as an attorney”
Rempher also adds that he never wanted this case to be in the public eye, but after TMZ reported that a video was up for sale, the entertainment website stated that Horn’s legal team demanded the video be turned over
For the two performers who met and joined forces in 1959, when Roy Horn reportedly smuggled a cheetah on board a cruise ship where Siegfried Fischbacher was performing magic, it certainly is a sad turn of events.
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