Texas ‘Jeff Banks’ girlfriend of ‘Pole Assassin’ sued for biting monkey Halloween trick-or-treat
The conflict between a Texas couple, Texas assistant football head coach Jeff Banks, Banks’ girlfriend and the girlfriend’s monkey has escalated.
The couple’s attorneys, Amy and Casey Clinkenbeard, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Travis County District Court in Austin against Banks and his girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, over the monkey biting the couple’s child in the hand on Halloween . The Clinkenbeards seek damages for gross negligence and libel.
In the lawsuit, Amy and Casey Clinkenbeard claim that the child, identified as CC, was invited to Thomas’ home for a haunted house on Halloween and was taken to the backyard to see the monkey, which Thomas said , was trained to pat the eye.
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âThe minor complainant attempted to hit the monkey,â the lawsuit says, âbut the animal aggressively bit her hand and injured her. Thomas refused to provide his monkey’s vaccination records and then falsely said on social media that the minor complainant was not allowed to be on the property and then said her friend from the Bobby Bones Show gave a false version of events. “
“CC was forced to manually open the monkey’s jaw”, the trial, which was obtained by ESPN, complaints. “There was so much blood that CC couldn’t see the full extent of the injury.”
When the incident was first reported, Thomas defended his monkey on Twitter and gave him his version of the incident. She claimed the child was not allowed to enter the yard and that she did not know about the bite until a neighborhood doctor told her that they had treated the wound. Thomas also claimed that the monkey, a female nasturtium named Gia, had all of her punches and was an emotional support animal. Thomas’s tweets detailing these allegations have been deleted.
Thomas also shared a video, which was also deleted, claiming the child had entered his garden and headed straight for the animal’s enclosure. Thomas has since deleted his Twitter account.
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âI don’t even play around when it comes to my animals,â Thomas says. And I know all the legal rules concerning them. âDon’t come in, emotional support animal, don’t touch. How could she (the monkey) viciously bite someone if he doesn’t put his hand where it doesn’t belong? This is his house, and his house only. ”
Thomas is an exotic dancer whose professional name is Pole Assassin. The monkey is apparently featured in some of Thomas’ routines and has his own Instagram account.
Banks, who just completed his first season in Texas as an assistant head coach, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, did not comment on the pursuit.