June 4, 2013 - 3:19 pm
Note to tourists: “The Hangover” is just a movie. If you destroy your Las Vegas hotel suite, there will be consequences.
A California lawyer celebrating his birthday in a high-roller suite at the Encore was arrested and sued after he caused nearly $100,000 damage during a drunken rumpus.
Robert Pearman, 45, a Los Angeles lawyer specializing in workers compensation, was charged with malicious destruction of property following the March 30 incident at the Encore’s three-bedroom, two-story, 5,829-square-foot duplex apartment.
According to his Las Vegas police report, the room was in “total disarray.” Furniture was overturned, shards of glass lined the floor, and food covered the carpet, walls, floors and drapes.
Police said a speaker, vase and Michelangelo book were also ruined. Encore staff projected the damage at $96,270.61, including labor and expenses.
When officers spoke to Pearman, the registered guest, the lawyer apparently admitted the incident.
“I take full responsibility for what happened here. We were partying,” Pearman told police. “I did all of this. I am responsible for all these people. Let my people go.”
Pearman, who police said was drunk, was sharing the room with at least five people.
The lawyer yelled at Encore staff in front of the officers and named the hotel’s owner, Steve Wynn, police said.
Pearman said he is a lawyer and “will depose Steve Wynn, and make this place Napalm,” police said. Napalm is gelled gasoline used in flame throwers and bombs that sticks to whatever it lands on and prolongs the burn.
The lawyer refused “many opportunities” from Encore staff to pay for the damage, police said.
Pearman was booked at Clark County Detention Center. His next court date in Las Vegas was set for July.
Wynn Las Vegas LLC filed a lawsuit against Pearman in April seeking more than $10,000. Pearman’s Las Vegas lawyers responded to the suit Monday and blamed a “third party” for the damage, court records show.
Pearman did not return a phone call or email seeking comment.
A Wynn spokesman wouldn’t say how long the room was closed, or if it remains closed. The hotel’s policy is “not to comment on any guests,” the spokesman said.
The police report did not mention if any chickens, tigers or former professional boxers were involved.
Contact reporter Mike Blasky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0283. Follow @blasky on Twitter.