A visitor to an Illinois haunted house is suing the establishment after she says workers dressed as clowns assaulted her and her daughter with sex toys.
Regina Janito, her 17-year-old daughter, and three other minors were walking towards the ticket window of the Massacre Haunted House in Montgomery on the evening of October 11, when two men in clown costumes “confronted” them, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday and obtained by The Smoking Gun.
One clown, identified in the suit as Robert Keller, then allegedly “began to violently poke” the 17-year-old with a purple vibrator “in various parts of her body, including her buttocks.” The other clown, identified only as “John Doe,” then allegedly began to simulate oral sex on a teddy bear that had a sex toy attached to its groin. ‘
As the group screamed and tried to get away from the men, Keller then allegedly yelled threatening statements at the women, including “You know you like it in the butt!”
The group ultimately left without buying any tickets to the haunted house.
Keller, 23, was charged with battery and disorderly conduct earlier this month, WGN reported. While the lawsuit describes the device he allegedly wielded as a “purple sex toy resembling a penis,” WGN refers to it as an “electrical neck massager.”
The FAQ page for the haunted house warns potential patrons not to attend “if you are easily offended.” Chicago Tribune columnist Luis Gomez wrote that during his visit to the attraction, “an actor dressed as a cross-dressing junkie begged me to help him get his fix and revealed the sexual act he was willing to do if I helped him get it.”
Nic Miele, the haunted house’s general manager, said in a statement released Tuesday:
We abide by all regulations, take all allegations of misconduct seriously, and are cooperating with police. All the while, we are committed to continuing our Halloween tradition of fear and fright for many years to come.
The suit is seeking unspecified damages for assault, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to the Daily Herald.