Lawsuit: unidentified female assaulted plaintiff in cinema parking lot

By John Suayan | Oct 22, 2018

HOUSTON – AMC is facing a lawsuit from a Harris County resident and her mother over an alleged assault two years ago at one of its venues in southeast Houston.

In court papers filed on Oct. 21 in the Harris County 333rd District Court, Alexis Janae Shanklin and Erica Shelton claim that an unknown female attacked Shanklin at AMC Gulf Pointe 30 on Oct. 22, 2016.

A minor at the time of the subject event, Shanklin says the alleged assailant was “a girl from her school who had threatened and bullied her in the past.” Jane Doe and her associates were reportedly in the same auditorium as Shanklin.

Court papers further explain that Shanklin, who was concerned about the presence of Doe and her group, waited for Shelton to pick her up near the front theater exit, but AMC security personnel ordered her to “leave the property completely or there would be a problem.” Doe then “viciously” attacked Shanklin in the establishment’s parking lot while the security officials watched the attack “from a distance,” the original petition says.

Shelton fetched her daughter just as the attack concluded. She subsequently drove the girl to a nearby fire station for emergency assistance.

Shanklin was ultimately transported to the emergency room at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital where she was diagnosed with a concussion and head trauma, the suit says.

AMC is accused of failing to take proper cautionary action ahead of the assault. The case lists Doe as a co-defendant.

Consequently, the plaintiffs seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

They are represented by Fread Houston of The Law Office of Fread Houston in Austin.

Harris County 333rd District Court Case No. 2018-76406

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