Former Orange County Treasurer and Tax Collector Chriss Street is suing Marriott International and its Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland for causing him “the loss of sexual relations” with his wife following his injury at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Street, who nowadays works as a columnist at Breitbart News Network, claims he’d left an elevator and was walking to his room when a hotel employee “negligently, carelessly and recklessly pushed a luggage cart into” him near a hallway pillar, causing him to fall and suffer serious wounds.
“The large pillar created a blind spot at the corner of the hallway such that it made it difficult for pedestrians walking in opposite directions to see each other in a timely manner so as to prevent collisions,” Street’s lawsuit states.
At the time, Street worked as an on-air host for Agenda 21 Radio—which celebrates a motto: “Stopping Totalitarianism 1 Person at a Time”—and had been conducting interviews with presidential candidates as well as public officials at the convention that’s annually broadcast on C-SPAN.
Paul Preston, the owner of Agenda 21 Radio, swore for the lawsuit that he saw Street immediately after the accident.
“When Mr. Street returned to the room, he appeared to be in substantial pain,” Preston wrote. “I observed him limping and bleeding from his right leg.”
Preston said the injury required “a number of spinal surgeries over the following year” as well as the consumption of powerful pain killers that prevented him from continuing to work at his $100 an hour job on the broadcast.
Street didn’t make a specific monetary damages demand, but the lawsuit, which was filed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, names his wife Victoria as a co-plaintiff.
As a “direct” result of the hotel’s “negligence,” Victoria suffered “damages in the form of loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support and the loss of the enjoyment of sexual relations,” the lawsuit claims.
The case was originally filed in Orange County Superior Court in March but got transferred this month to U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney.
Street is also pursuing Phillip Greer, his onetime lawyer. Greer lost a $10 million negligence judgment to Street in 2017. This year, Greer filed for bankruptcy, claiming he has no property after transferring title to his $2.1 million Newport Beach home entirely to his wife. Greer lost a 2016 bid for the Newport Beach City Council.
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