Peirce claims that shesuffered "severe and permanent injuries to her head, neck, back, body, arms and legs, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tissues ..." and more. Although the pool had water, attorney Aaron Denker said, Peirce was tossed into the shallow end.
"The next day she really felt it and had a difficult time getting out of bed and had a difficult time participating in the wedding," Denker said.
It was unclear who was actually in the Phanatic costume that day, so Peirce is suing both Tom Burgoyne and Matt Mehler or any other unnamed individual who was portraying the Galápagos Islands native there, the complaint says. The team and the Golden Inn are also named as defendants.
A Phillies spokeswoman said the team was aware of the lawsuit and does not believe that the Phanatic engaged in wrongful conduct. She declined to comment further. A representative from the Golden Inn did not immediately return requests for comment.
Denker said the Phanatic was not a part of the wedding, although photos on the Golden Inn's website show him posing with unnamed newlyweds. There's also a YouTube video of the Phanatic at the pool there, dancing with some women and playing in the sand with a kid.
The lawsuit does not mention specific dollar amounts, but claims that Peirce has spent large sums of money on medicine and medical attention and has also suffered from "humiliation and loss of life's pleasures."
Peirce, Denker said, is a Phillies fan. n
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