On October 17, 2017, a fifteen-year-old girl was bitten by a monkey at the former Las Vegas home of singer Wayne Newton. Jocelyne Urena filed a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, Genevieve Urena, who was “viciously attacked” by a monkey during her visit to Casa de Shenandoah, Newton’s former estate.


The lawsuit states that “without any provocation, the monkey viciously attacked and bit Ms. Urena, causing injury to her body as well as emotional distress.” It notes that Genevieve has faced over $15,000 in injuries, both mentally and physically.

Urena’s attorney for this lawsuit, Marc Naron, noted that Genvieve had to receive emergency treatment in a hospital for the bite on her right wrist, which she received from the monkey, Boo. Naron notes that the monkey was not on a leash.

In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Newton’s wife, Kathleen Newton, has made it clear that the family should not be held accountable in case. Kathleen said that Newton’s company stopped being in charge of Casa de Shenandoah on July 1, 2017 after Newton almost died from a spider bite and was hospitalized.

Newton, 77, has been a performer for over 60 years. Two of his best-known songs are “Danke Schoen,” which was released in 2004, and “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast,” which was released in 1993.

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