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Interview with Steve Wynn Re: Roy's accident..MONTECORE Not Guilty
KLAS TV Las Vegas | 10/09/03

Posted on 10/09/2003 12:43:49 PM PDT by WestCoastGal

Steve Wynn Gives Exclusive Interview

(Oct. 8) -- Casino mogul Steve Wynn is one of the people who know Siegfried and Roy best. He is one of the duos closest of friends and hired the illusionists when he built The Mirage in 1990. He even built a special theater just for their show.

Wynn gave an exclusive interview to Eyewitness News Anchor, Gary Waddell on Wednesday. He says that what happened Friday night was a fluke, something that never should have occurred. And something that no one could have foreseen. He continued to say that Roy --- even as he was being carried off stage by the tiger -- was saying he didn't want anything to happen to the cat.

Wynn was in Idaho on Friday night when the incident happened on stage. But he was one of the first people called. He flew home to visit Roy in the hospital on Saturday morning. And then began the task of trying to figure out how something like this could happen.

Wynn said for sure that Montecore did not attack Roy Horn. He said that reports that Roy was attacked are false. That Montecore would never attack Roy. That in a way, the tiger was trying to protect him following a string of unfortunate events that led to the tiger carrying Roy of stage as if he were a cub.

Steve Wynn speaks of the information he gathered from talking to people on the scene:

As Roy was leading Montecore out to stage front on a leash, the cat became fascinated and distracted by woman with a big hairdo who was sitting ringside. Instead of Montecore going down facing forward with Roy, he did a 90 degree turn and faces sideways towards the woman with the big hairdo. For whatever reason, Montecore is fascinated and distracted.

Montecore got down on all fours and puts his 26-inch head four inches away from of the woman. She thinks this is adorable and part of the show and reaches out to try and rub him under his chin. Roy is talking and sees this move. That's way wrong all the way around. As usual this heroic fellow that he is, Roy jumps between the tiger and the woman.

At that point Roy tried to re-gain the tiger's attention by pulling back on the leash and saying, "No, no, no, no. Come on, get up". As if to say, "No, I'm not ready to do what you want me to do yet, " the cat does not respond. Roy continued to command him.

The tiger then gently reached up a grabbed Roy's right arm in his jaws between Roy's elbow and wrist in a gentle, playful warning. Roy did not receive so much as a scratch on his arm or his costume. That's how gentle Montecore's grip was on Roy. This behavior is similar to how a housecat or a dog might react -- a gentle warning -- without hurting the person it loves.

Roy loudly commanded the cat to release its grip by saying, "No, no, no, no. Release, release," several times. He had to whack him with the rubber microphone several time to try and get the tiger to release its grip. This didn't hurt the tiger, but did make a loud noise. Roy continued to pull on Montecore's leash not realizing that the cat had put its big paw behind one of his legs. Roy falls backwards on stage over the paw of Montecore lying flat on his back. Four stagehands rush out and jump on the cat. Montecore gets confused; he's supposed to be with Roy walking off stage.

Roy is lying down in front of him with his feet towards the audience, his head towards the curtain.

Montecore gets up and as cool as a cucumber, leans over and picks up Roy like a cub on the right side of his neck. Not a bite, not an attack. He picks him up.

There was no damage to Roy's neck, but there were two puncture wounds and one of those teeth went through Roy's vertical artery. Severed it, the one behind his neck that's what caused the stroke and massive bleeding putting him in a near death situation.

Montecore picked up Roy with all the excitement and walks with perfect blocking according to the act. Does his exit at the right speed, right off stage left and goes into his cage, which is where he goes to get transported home.

He goes into the cage and tries to bring Roy in with him. Stagehands backstage used a technique that made Montecore release Roy. They closed the door on Montecore and Roy lay on the floor bleeding. He was then rushed to UMC.

Wynn underscores that Montecore was acting to protect Roy. He explained that during an actual lethal attack, a predator's instinct is to violently grab its prey by the neck, vigorously shakes its head snapping the neck of its prey. This is not what happened.

While Gary Waddell was with Steve Wynn today, he got a call from Bernie Yuman, Siegfried and Roy's manager. Yuman said that they had just brought Roy's dog to visit him in the hospital and that Roy had responded by petting the dog.

That's good news. And probably pretty good therapy for a man whose life's work has been loving and caring for animals. Wynn also says he's been told that they are starting to ween Roy off the life support systems in order to let his body function on its own. If that's successful, that will be a very big step in Roy's recovery

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1 posted on 10/09/2003 12:43:50 PM PDT by WestCoastGal
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2 posted on 10/09/2003 12:46:21 PM PDT by FeliciaCat
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3 posted on 10/09/2003 12:46:46 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: WestCoastGal
My first thought when I heard this was that something like this must have happened. If the cat attacked, the whole hospital life support thing would have been a moot point.

Second thought was now the ticket prices will be really really expensive.
4 posted on 10/09/2003 12:48:23 PM PDT by LaraCroft (Ping a ding ding)
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To: WestCoastGal
Sad situation for all involved, the cat, Roy, everyone.
5 posted on 10/09/2003 12:49:09 PM PDT by DittoJed2 (If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants. - Wm. Penn)
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To: WestCoastGal
Thanks for posting this. I'm praying for Roy's recovery.
6 posted on 10/09/2003 12:49:54 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: WestCoastGal
A bad hair day caused it all.
7 posted on 10/09/2003 12:52:30 PM PDT by Slicksadick
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To: WestCoastGal
This story makes sense, however I am amazed at the proximity of the cats to the audience. (Woman with big hair got within 4 inches and could have gotten closer.) That sounds like a recipe for disaster.

I obviously never saw the show, but if you asked me I would have presumed there was a "moat" or a plexiglass barrier between the tigers and the audience.
8 posted on 10/09/2003 12:53:35 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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It was an accident...I hope they don't outlaw these kinds of shows, circuses, etc. Thousands and thousands of shows, and no accidents. It's a shame.
9 posted on 10/09/2003 12:54:27 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: WestCoastGal
This account by Wynn is a crock of you-know-what. An eye witness said this never happened and that the beast grabbed the magician when he bent down to pick up its leash. At no time was the cat distracted by an audience member.
10 posted on 10/09/2003 12:55:11 PM PDT by PaulJ
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To: Hap
More detail on the Siegfried and Roy thing.
11 posted on 10/09/2003 12:55:28 PM PDT by Bacon Man (Bacon is never wrong but occasionally fried.)
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To: WestCoastGal
Sorry! You play with fire you're going to get burn.
12 posted on 10/09/2003 12:55:43 PM PDT by HarleyD
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I can see how the tiger might be distracted by a big hairdo.

13 posted on 10/09/2003 12:59:26 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PaulJ
How many times do you hear differing accounts from eyewitnesses who supposedly saw the same thing?

It's becoming clear that this tiger was acting as cats act when they are trying to protect their young: they pick them up and move them.

14 posted on 10/09/2003 1:01:15 PM PDT by sinkspur (Adopt a dog or a cat from a shelter! You'll save at least one life, maybe two!)
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OMG! Is that picture for real??!?!? Too Funny!
15 posted on 10/09/2003 1:02:44 PM PDT by FeliciaCat
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To: HarleyD
Rush agrees with you.

He just said that "a Tiger is a Tiger". "A Tiger is going to do what a Tiger does"...and a snake is a snake, and a liberal is a liberal..etc.

Point is..things (and people) are what they are, no matter how much we want them to be different. That simple.


16 posted on 10/09/2003 1:03:57 PM PDT by spectre (SW (Rush's Psycho housekeeper IS what she IS..)
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To: HarleyD
You see, the animal never intends to hurt the person. But somehow the person gets hurt or killed. Sounds like the tiger didn't do what it was supposed to, then took Roy by the arm when he tried to get it's attention. Then the tiger decided to
"carry" Roy in it's mouth. A long list of dangerous behavior. They are lucky the tiger didn't decide to carry the woman's head back to its cage. Obviously, there should be a barrier protecting the audience and there wasn't.
17 posted on 10/09/2003 1:05:07 PM PDT by Williams
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To: FeliciaCat
Whether this story is true or not. I have little doubt that if the cat really wanted to kill the guy, Roy would be pushing up daisies about now...
18 posted on 10/09/2003 1:07:00 PM PDT by Trampled by Lambs (...and pecked by the dove...)
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Yeah, accident or a cat being a cat, it's a risk they take but I also had concerns about security when I read that the plan was to get in front of the animal if things went wrong. I guess it worked but I would not want to be sitting there depending on a man to stop a determined tiger with his body weight. I would have expected some kind of non visable barriers also and someone armed if an emergency occurred.
19 posted on 10/09/2003 1:07:27 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: WestCoastGal
This new spin makes it seem as thought this accident was a complete freak & one of the safest places in the world to be is surrounded by 500 lb tigers.

I don't have any problem believing the cat just got PO'd, succumbed to its primal instincts & bit the guy.

20 posted on 10/09/2003 1:08:26 PM PDT by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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