$50M Chimp Attack Lawsuit Heads to Court

Sandra Herold agrees to freeze assets while lawsuit progresses

Attorneys for a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee and the chimpanzee's owner have reached a proposed agreement that freezes the assets of the chimpanzee's owner during a lawsuit.

In a Stamford courtroom Wednesday, a judge approved an agreement to freeze $10 million in assets belonging to Sandra Herold, whose chimp Travis attacked Charla Nash in mid-February.  An attorney is suing Herold on Nash's behalf for $50 million.

Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the Feb. 16 attack in Stamford. Doctors at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic say she is blind and faces two years of surgical procedures.  Her medical bills last month were estimated at $700,000.

The agreement includes six Stamford properties owned by Herold, plus a tow truck business and an interest in her late husband's estate.

Herold's attorneys have said there was no way to predict the 200-pound chimp named Travis would attack Nash.

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