Feld Entertainment Continues to Cooperate with USDA Review into October 3, 2003 Injury of Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy.
VIENNA, Va. -- Feld Entertainment, Inc. is deeply concerned that recent media reports regarding the pending U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA USDA,
n.pr See United States Department of Agriculture. ) investigation into the serious injury Roy Horn incurred during a performance of Siegfried & Roy(R) at the Mirage in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. on October 3, 2003 have completely misrepresented Feld Entertainment's continued cooperation with the USDA's review.
On several occasions, Feld Entertainment has offered to show the video footage of Roy's accident to USDA officials. Our company welcomes the opportunity to show this footage to agency investigators in an effort to shed additional light on the circumstances CIRCUMSTANCES, evidence. The particulars which accompany a fact.
2. The facts proved are either possible or impossible, ordinary and probable, or extraordinary and improbable, recent or ancient; they may have happened near us, or afar off; they are public or of Roy's accident.
Feld Entertainment is cooperating with the USDA and will continue to provide the agency with the necessary information to complete its pending investigation, while also protecting Roy Horn and his family's privacy.
In April 2004, Feld Entertainment received a single subpoena subpoena (səpē`nə) [Lat.,=under penalty], in law, an order to a witness to appear before a court. A subpoena ad testificandum [Lat. from the USDA - a routine formality formality, in chemistry: see chemical equilibrium; concentration. of USDA investigations - requesting that Feld Entertainment turn over any recordings, photographs, written statements or audio related to the October 3, 2003 Siegfried & Roy(R) performance.
Shortly after receiving the subpoena, Feld Entertainment contacted the USDA and made the agency aware of the company's video tape of the performance. Feld Entertainment immediately offered to show USDA investigators the video footage, but requested the company retain physical possession of the tape out of deep respect for Roy Horn's right to privacy and continued recovery. Feld Entertainment believed the footage of Roy Horn's accident would quickly end up in the hands of media who would then sensationalize sen·sa·tion·al·ize
tr.v. sen·sa·tion·al·ized, sen·sa·tion·al·iz·ing, sen·sa·tion·al·iz·es
To cast and present in a manner intended to arouse strong interest, especially through inclusion of exaggerated or lurid details: this horrible tragedy. Our request to USDA officials was made after speaking with Siegfried and Roy, and learning of their wishes to avoid images of this tragic accident being accessible to children and families all around the world.
Again after consulting with Siegfried and Roy, Feld Entertainment requested and participated in a follow-up meeting with the USDA to discuss our continued concerns, and to reaffirm re·af·firm
tr.v. re·af·firmed, re·af·firm·ing, re·af·firms
To affirm or assert again.
re our willingness to make available the requested footage to investigators.
In May 2004, Feld Entertainment and USDA officials entered into a mutual dialogue about how the needs of the agency could be met while still respecting Roy's privacy and health. As of August 25, 2004, the USDA has not responded to Feld Entertainment's last request.
It is our understanding that shortly after the accident USDA officials viewed a different tape of Siegfried and Roy's October 3, 2003 performance. In addition, 1,503 audience members witnessed the incident and can provide the USDA with eyewitness An individual who was present during an event and is called by a party in a lawsuit to testify as to what he or she observed.
The state and Federal Rules of Evidence, which govern the admissibility of evidence in civil actions and criminal proceedings, impose requirements accounts.
Because this matter remains part of an ongoing and uncompleted USDA review, neither Feld Entertainment or the USDA are allowed to publicly comment on the details of the case. Feld Entertainment encourages the USDA to take swift action in reprimanding any agency employee who may have improperly im·prop·er
1. Not suited to circumstances or needs; unsuitable: improper shoes for a hike; improper medical treatment.
2. released inaccurate information to the media regarding this pending USDA investigation.