LOS ANGELES, CA – A father and daughter have filed a lawsuit against comedian Pauly Shore and The Comedy Store, alleging that security members at the venue attacked the father in 2022. The suit, filed in Los Angeles County’s West District, claims that the security members “violently grabbed and attacked” plaintiff Sean Kehoe on Nov. 30, 2022, in the presence of his daughter, Kirra Lyn Potts.
The lawsuit also alleges that Shore “agreed with and encouraged” the attack, holding both him and The Comedy Store responsible for the security officials’ actions due to negligence in hiring. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for medical bills and loss of earnings, citing battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, premises liability, and negligent hiring in the suit.
This legal action comes on the heels of Shore’s announcement that he would be portraying Richard Simmons in a new biopic. However, Simmons later expressed disapproval of the portrayal, causing some controversy surrounding the film. The Wolper Organization, backing the biopic, released a statement expressing respect for Simmons’ privacy and the intention to produce a movie that honors him.
The lawsuit against Shore and The Comedy Store brings attention to issues of security and safety at entertainment venues, as well as the potential impact of public figures’ portrayals in film. As the legal process unfolds, the case may shed light on the responsibilities of celebrities and entertainment establishments in ensuring the well-being of their patrons.