Mike Alder and Alexis Gamliel of AlderLaw, along with attorney Tim Tomasik of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman in Chicago, are representing a Los Angeles man in a lawsuit against Star Thomas, one of Chance the Rapper’s bodyguards, following a violent encounter in Chicago’s W Hotel in 2017.
The incident, which is the basis of the lawsuit, occurred in the lobby of the W Hotel in Chicago just two days before Chance the Rapper was set to perform at Lollapalooza and was caught on hotel surveillance video. Police were called to the hotel and Thomas was taken into custody and later charged with misdemeanor battery.
Star Thomas is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as are Starwood Hotels and the W Hotel’s local Director of Operations for inadequate security. “While Star Thomas was the person actually choking Travis and violently injuring him, the hotel and its ownership and management are responsible for allowing the incident to happen,” explains Tomasik. “When you’re a guest at a hotel, they owe you the ‘highest duty of care,’ and have to take the right steps to ensure your safety. The W Hotel knew there would be hundreds of guests around their property during Lollapalooza, which attracts music fans from around the world, and absolutely failed to have adequate security to protect guests in the lobby and hotel.” Chancellor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is not a defendant in the suit at this time.
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