Transcript for New allegations about onstage attack in Siegfried and Roy show
We turn to those new allegations about that on stage attack that ended the infamous Las Vegas siegried & Roy show and nearly ended Roy's life 15 years ago. Their former animal hammer is now speaking out to "The Hollywood reporter" with what he believes happened. ABC's Paula Faris is here with more on this. Good morning, Paula. Reporter: Good morning, everyone. This is his version of what happened that night. Their former animal handler says Roy made an error on stage which he believes led to the attack with nearly fatal consequences. Night after night for more than a dpek -- decade they performed seemingly impossible illusions along a menagerie of wild animals. Over more than 5,000 show, the Las Vegas legends performed flawlessly and so did their prowling growling co-stars. That is until Roy horn's 59th birthday in 2003 when in the middle 6 a performance a 400-pound siberian tiger named mantacore pounced on him biting his they can and ending the duo's career. The sound was just I remember being so loud, pow, pow, pow. Reporter: Now 16 years later one of the men behind the tigers is speaking out saying what he thinks happened during that infamous incident. In a new interview with "The Hollywood reporter," animal strainer Chris Lawrence tells the magazine they didn't like making mistakes and never owned them in front of an audience. The legendary magicians phone for their animal illusions told investigators at the time and the public that Roy had suffered a stroke on stage prompting mantacore to lung. You think he picked you up as tigers do, their cubs. Yeah. You felt nothing. Very gentle. Reporter: But now according to "The Hollywood reporter" Lawrence acknowledges that Roy had a stroke but says it happened as a result of that Lawrence also lays the blame for the incident on Roy's own human error saying instead of walking mantacore in a circle as is usually done he just used his arm to sear him right back into his body adding by Roy not following the correct procedure, it fed into confusion and rebellion. Investigators found the tiger blameless and he later returned to siegried & Roy's home showing ABC's Elizabeth vargas how close their bond remained. But Lawrence tells "The Hollywood reporter" that bond had weakened in the years leading up to the attack. I am positive that Roy's diminishing relationship with mantacore was a key factor in the attack. Siegried & Roy's show which ran for 13 years and drew in $45 million a year is now long since shuttered. They did not respond to Lawrence's allegations in "The Hollywood reporter," a representative for siegried & Roy tells ABC news the duo has no comment. Again, this is Lawrence's version of the events. He says he's speaking out now because he has struggled ever since that attack. He's been diagnosed with PTSD. He's battled alcoholism and suicidal thoughts. It has been over 15 years. He says he lives it every day. He lives it every night. It still haunts him. He says a part of her husband, the animal handler, died that night. It was a sad story all around. All right, Paula. Thank you so much.
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