Stefan Moton, paralyzed in shooting at Aurora's Century 16, files lawsuit against theater owner

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Stefan Moton on 9News.
Stefan Moton, who was paralyzed from the chest down in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, has filed a lawsuit against theater owner Century Theatres, Inc. Like other lawsuits filed by victims, Moton's claim alleges that the theater was lacking in security, allowing a gunman to prop open an emergency exit, leave the theater and return with "a virtual arsenal of weapons." It also states that while the gunman was shooting, no alarm was activated and no security personnel responded. Instead, the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises kept playing on the screen.

Moton was one of many people shot that night. In all, twelve people were killed and seventy more were wounded; suspect James Holmes was arrested for the crime and could face the death penalty if convicted. A bullet caused severe damage to Moton's cervical spine, leaving him paralyzed, according to the lawsuit.

Several other victims have filed lawsuits against theater owner Cinemark, which owns Century Theatres, Inc. The Century theater where the shooting took place reopened in January 2013, six months after the tragic shooting -- a move that angered some victims.

In his lawsuit, Moton notes that there had been previous violent incidents "near the theater" including "at least one shooting involving gang members." He states that the theater regularly hired security guards for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights but did not hire them for the Thursday night/Friday morning midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012, even though it "was expecting large crowds of people to attend."

Moton's lawsuit further alleges that after the gunman stopped firing, theater personnel "took no action to assist the injured." It took law enforcement several minutes to arrive, the lawsuits notes, and "during the entirety of that time, the movie continued playing and the house lights remained very low or off."

Watch a 9News report about Moton and read his lawsuit below.

Stefan Moton v. Century Theatres Inc.

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archives: "Aurora theater shooting trial postponed: Victim Marcus Weaver disappointed by delay."


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nwerle
nwerle

the school was negligent, the theater owners are morons , the doctor DID warn people and nothing was done,  the shooter was mental and still got guns, THANKS TO NRA

Najja Allday
Najja Allday

Condescending smart-ass, I mean, Jessica. I'm just simply posing questions regarding this matter. Honest questions, that is, just to understand the magnitude of which you and others are against compensation for Mr. Moton. Honestly, I'm not too surprised by the responses, I've read so far. Colorado is certainly a Libertarian leaning state. That is, your'e on your own and anti-government. So, when there isn't much of a law enforcement presence, because there isn't a strong state sponsored tax base to support such a presence, the potential for really heinous crimes INCREASES. So, what is Colorado's remedy for not being able to get much revenue from its citizens? The law enforcement of Colorado allows marijuana to be sold at a VERY high tax rate, as long as they can have "eyes" on the crops at ALL times. If you don't think law enforcement of Colorado is not interested in using that marijuana tax money to have more armed patrolmen in the near future at places like Century 16, you're more asleep than I thought.

Maria Ortiz Avina
Maria Ortiz Avina

Since that idiot Holmes can't ever make any restitution , I think the state victim compensation needs to really step up. The theater people aren't at fault .

Jessica Ward
Jessica Ward

Just sayin, money isn't justification for anything. Maybe to help him pay medical bills, but that isn't the theater's fault, which is what he is saying.

Michael Moore
Michael Moore

In the summer of 2012 a off duty police officer was shot and killed in city park. Should her family sue the city because of lack of security? No. Life is unpredictable and a bit dangerous. It's sad that this happened to him but it's definitely not the responsibility of the business to predict that some random psycho is going to open fire on a crowded theater.

Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers

No! The theater has no control over some crazy coming in and shooting up the place. The shooter should have to pay, and the price should be this fools life. I can't believe we're still paying for him to breath.

Mary Manning Schumacher
Mary Manning Schumacher

IF American Airlines had to pay Cantor Fitzgerald a bundle of money for 9-11 then he has a point.

Ray Olivencia
Ray Olivencia

Since when is everybody a lawyer / judge on here lol. Besides I think that young man has a valid point on suing the cinema if you have read the story and clearly know what you are talking about. Just can not put comments on here like a jackass it really shows on how much brain you are lacking.

Warren Cummings
Warren Cummings

ok this fukkin guy. its a fukkin movie theater does he seriously think anybody who knew century was gona get lit up tht night was gona go. tht place would of been empty if any one person would of known wht was gona happen fuk this guy and his lawsuit its the dudes fault not the theaters

Patrick O'Reilly
Patrick O'Reilly

The status should reflect that it's his lawyer who wants this.

Hannah Kolz Perotti
Hannah Kolz Perotti

Not at all. The theater was in no way, shape or form responsible for the acts of that monster. He just happen to pick their place of business for this horrible act. Sue the monster...

Charlie Radcliffe
Charlie Radcliffe

The government should remove the protection of the gun manufacturers. If they make the weapon that is used to shoot a bunch of people they should be liable. They are selling weapons whose only function is killing people. They should have to pay.

..Matt...
..Matt...

Should sue the GUN MANUFACTURERS and AMMO MAKERS!

Jeff Jxn Swaim
Jeff Jxn Swaim

The theater was as much as a victim as anyone The moneygrubbing from these tragedies is sickening. We have a Sue everyone culture and it's costing our society billions. I'm sorry the guy was victimized but welcome to life.

Stephanie Sarad
Stephanie Sarad

That's why every business has liability insurance. The owner doesn't have a legal obligation to pay shit but I'm sure they have a huge liability policy and yes this victim has a legal right to file a p.i. claim against their insurance. Anyone that disagrees is a dumbass.

Justin Rodgers
Justin Rodgers

I think that insurance covers things like slip and fall accidents, not mass shootings. Accidents that may be the fault of the theater, not by homicidal maniacs.

Brenda Lott
Brenda Lott

The liability stems from the exit door where the shooter entered being propped open. The theater previously had armed security at the theater but had discontinued to cut costs. There is some liability on the part of the theater.

Justin Rodgers
Justin Rodgers

How do you know they have "deep pockets" Have you studied their pnl statements? income statements?

Justin Rodgers
Justin Rodgers

Should we take of our shoes at the theater too? How about the mall? Casinos? Hospitals? Restaurants? Because I hate to tell you, there have been shootings in all of these places this year.

Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow
Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow

Yes. And the victms will receive a percentage from the fund set up for them by me and a lot of other people....millions....

Mary Caponi
Mary Caponi

The theatre has insurance for injuries that happen on it's property. nuff said.

carlray
carlray

@nwerleseriesly your gonna blame the NRA for this first under the 2nd amendment he had the right to own Guns Unless committed to a insane assylem or convicted of a felony .

2nd had the Doctor had him committed this may have been prevented but then agen maybe not he saw the warning sighs yea he reported it one time to 2 people had he called the cops and had him involuntarily committed based on his mental state they  he couldn't get guns as easly.


3 if he wanted to get guns even after being institutionalized he could have probably walked down the street of most city's and bought them illegally..


Yes I am a strong supporter of our constitutional rights and our Bill of rights it dose not make me a nut it makes me a Patriot..


Do I agree with your statement above no but I will defend your right to have that freedom to say it.


I think the Reason why the doctor didn't push to hard was because he was more scared of losing his job or being sued then actually trying to help this guy.


I do not excuse of course the shooters actions in any way.


As for the guy suiting the theater owner sorry buddy but the owner couldn't prevent the shooting any more then you or I can prevent breathing Air.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Maria Ortiz Avina ... the State of Colorado caps their own liability at a paltry $350,000 per individual victim -- and that's ONLY IF the State admits liability or is found liable for negligence ... no matter how high the victim's actual damages and medical bills may be.



HubertJFarnsworth
HubertJFarnsworth

Its basic survival, Jessica. i imagine if you were paralyzed you would go after ANYONE you could to get money because your ability to make money has been all but destroyed, and  your cost of living has skyrocketed. For a minute just sit there and close your eyes and try to imagine what being paralyzed is really like, Its a scary thing, you are helpless, at the mercy of others, and you will need to be aggressive to get what your need to survive and protect yourself.

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

Wanna start up a fund to pay for his lifetime medical bills, then? That's why he is suing, "idiot".

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

Not remotely relevant. But you tried. These types of events are why insurance exists, and why businesses carry liability insurance. Duh.

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

Its the insurance company who pays for the liability. You un-informed, inbred, mouth breathing slut.

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

Wanna pay his multi-million dollar medical bills that will accrue in his lifetime? I'd love to see people pass this type of judgment upon you if you were shot by a madman at a movie theater and ended up in a wheelchair! Inbred. 

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

So, let's get this straight.  In your ignorant world, paying a shooting vicitm's  lifetime medical bills equals "moneygrubbing"???


You also understand that Century Theater's INSURANCE company pays the liability suit... correct?


Welcome to life, I can't wait to see you sue someone someday while you become the victim in the wheelchair, and idiots like yourself cast knee-jerk judgments and throw moronic, uninformed opinions like yours in your face for the rest of your pathetic life.   

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

Lifetime medical bills? The insurance company pays, genius. You need an education.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yodownmuthalicka ... the Theater is not responsible for his lifetime medical bills, that's what HIS OWN personal health / accident insurance is for.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yodownmuthalicka ... liability insurance is not free health insurance for anyone who happens upon a business property. 


The Theater is not required to provide bullet-proof security against random homicidal psychopaths, they are no liable for the harm those homicidal psychopaths do ... anymore than the police are liable for failing to prevent it.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yodownmuthalicka ... 


Repuglycan Healh Care = if you can't afford to pay ca$h, then don't get shot and paralyzed in a theater massacre.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yodownmuthalicka ... hey fucknutz, the INSURANCE carrier will only pay up to the policy limit -- the rest comes directly from the theater owner.


And the more $$ insurance carriers are forced to pay for dubious claims, the higher YOUR premiums are in the future.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yodownmuthalicka ... the victim's own HEALTH INSURANCE is the one who should pay.


The Theater has NO OBLIGATION to provide bullet-proof security against random homicidal maniacs ... nor could they even do so.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Peterdcopeland ... how very "christian" of you. 


Rob and extort from as many innocent parties as possible, because you came into some personal misfortune.





HubertJFarnsworth
HubertJFarnsworth

@DonkeyHotay @Peterdcopeland Yes, that's right. Hes not spending the week in a chair, Hes spending the rest of his life with a high cost of living, and I cant think of any jobs that are offering jobs for people with his condition. I would try to take everything I could while I could because in 6 months there will be another shooting somewhere and no one would care about me or even remember what happened. Like I said this is survival for him, him and his family  have no good options.

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