Judge freezes Stamford chimp owner's assets

STAMFORD - A judge Wednesday granted the request to freeze the assets of a woman whose chimpanzee mauled a Stamford woman in February.

Judge Edward Karazin listened as the attorneys for the victim, Charla Nash, and the chimp's owner, Sandra Herold, outlined an agreement to help move the lawsuit forward. Nash's family is suing Herold for $50 million after the 200-pound chimp attacked Nash. As a result of the attack, Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids. Police fatally shot the chimpanzee to end the attack.

The freezing of Herold's assets means she can not do anything to decrease their value while the case is pending.

"She can't sell [or] mortgage any of the properties [she owns]. She can operate her business, obviously she can derive income and pay her expenses," says the attorney representing the Nash family, Matthew Newman.

The judge also ordered Herold to turn over financial information to Nash's lawyers.

Nash is still being treated at the Cleveland Clinic. Her lawyer says the medical bills have already exceeded $700,000.

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