Woman gets $4 million after being ripped apart by chimpanzee

Charla Nash 
By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) A woman who was ripped apart by a crazy pet chimpanzee, received $4 million for the injuries she sustained during the attack, according to court proceedings.

A settlement agreement calls for the woman, who was disfigured in the famous chimpanzee attack, to receive about $4 million from the property of the now deceased owner of the animal, according to documents obtained Thursday.

The brother of the attack victim, Michael Nash, filed the lawsuit on her behalf in State Superior Court, seeking $50 million in damages from chimpanzee owner Sandra Herold. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being maimed in front of Herold's home in Stamford, Connecticut.

Attorney Brenden Leydon, representing Herold, said that the case is now resolved. "I think it was a good compromise on all sides," Leydon said.

An attorney for Nash's family however, said that the money received is an insignificant amount considering what happened to Nash.

Nash had gone to Herold's home on the day of the attack to help lure Herold’s 200 pounds chimpanzee Travis, to her home. However, the chimpanzee went berserk and ripped off Nash's nose, lips, eyelids and hands before being shot dead by a police officer. Nash, 57, now lives in a nursing home outside Boston.

Travis had starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola when it was younger, and made an appearance on "The Maury Povich Show." The chimpanzee was the constant companion of Herold, a widow, and was fed steak, lobster and ice cream.

The chimpanzee could eat at the table, drink from a wine glass, use the toilet, and bathe and dress itself.
The settlement agreement filed in probate court calls for Herold to provide Nash with $3.4 million in real estate, $331,000 in cash, $140,000 in machinery and equipment, and $44,000 in vehicles.



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