STAMFORD - An attorney for the owner of the chimpanzee that nearly killed a Stamford woman says the animal never showed any signs of violence before the attack.

Charla Nash lost her eyesight, hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the attack and remains in critical but stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic.

The attorney for Sandra Herold, the chimp?s owner, says public officials did not see the chimp as a threat to anyone prior to the attack.

Nash's family filed a lawsuit against Herold seeking $50 million in damages.

Two other people have said the chimp bit them, one in 1996 and another in 1998.