An LA Superior Court jury has handed down a $3.2 million verdict in favor of Denise Herron (pictured), whose visit to the Greek Theatre on September 2nd, 2009 led to a nightmare of personal injury, job loss, and repeated surgeries.
Herron and her boyfriend were there to see John Legend. But after they were directed to “The Jungle”, a notorious dirt parking lot carved out of a canyon hill in Griffith Park, things went south. All the lights were out; to avoid oncoming night traffic in “pitch black” conditions, Herron followed the lead of other concertgoers by climbing over a fence onto a downward slope, where she fell and broke her leg.
Safety consultant John Muse testified that the condition of this parking lot and callous disregard for patrons’ safety was the worst he had seen in the thousands of cases he has investigated… Denise Minatoya, operations manager for the Nederlander-operated city facility, admitted she had never been to the Jungle at night in the eight years that she has managed the Greek.
Herron lost her job as marketing director of WNBA’s LA Sparks and faces three to five more surgeries, to go along with the four she has already endured.