Thursday, October 10, 2013

Canadian executive Michael Wekerle sued over Capital Hotel incident

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

click to enlarge SECURITY IMAGE: A still from video shows Wekerle greeting woman at door of Capital Hotel.
  • SECURITY IMAGE: A still from video shows Wekerle greeting woman at door of Capital Hotel.
Readers of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette were entertained this morning by a detailed account of a lawsuit filed in Pulaski Circuit Court by Brooks Jansen, a former valet at the Capital Hotel, over the actions of a visiting Canadian business tycoon, Michael Wekerle.

The lawsuit alleges that Jansen was injured during "horseplay" by Wekerle during a "drunken escapade" at the hotel in October 2010. It details a variety of events, including licking the shoe of a female guest and picking up a woman and dropping her. The suit also alleges he dropped his pants in the lobby and hotel bar.

Here's a copy of the lawsuit for the full details. Also, Here's more supporting details  from hotel security, offered in a separate exhibit by the plaintiff's lawyers, which I picked up from Arkansas Business while awaiting a copy promised from Jansen's lawyers. The D-G said Wekerle didn't respond to calls for comment. He's identified as one of the biggest investment traders in Canada. Among other things cited in the suit, he's said to have been late for a scheduled meeting with 20 Little Rock businessmen.

Hotel security video and security officer testimony about Wekerle's actions were compiled in a workers compensation claim Jansen made earlier over his shoulder injury. Jansen is seeking $75,000 in actual damages and punitive damages.

See an animated GIF of the scene outside of the hotel on the jump.

Wekerle, a securities trader in Toronto, has starred in at least one other piece of video on YouTube during a formal dinner.

Bud Whetstone, one of Jansen's attorneys, said Jansen had given testimony in the workers comp proceeding that Wekerle gave him a tip following his shoulder injury — half of a $50 bill. He had torn the bill in half and gave the other half to another valet. Whetsone said Jansen would be seeking interior hotel security footage in addition to that already obtained from outside the hotel.

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