A tourist from Connecticut who visited Universal Orlando in 2017 is suing the company after he fought a teenager from Florida in a brawl that began over a stroller at Islands of Adventure.
John Matava, then 53, claims in his lawsuit he filed last month that he had been “violently attacked by a belligerent, intoxicated male,” and is currently seeking more than $15,000 for the 2017 incident in Orange Circuit Court.
“It was the worst experience we’ve ever had in our life,” said Matava to Orlando Sentinel.
According to the lawsuit, Matava claims Universal did not have proper surveillance or security that could have kept his family safe. Additionally, he also is accusing the theme parks of not checking IDs when serving alcohol to minors, according to the lawsuit.
However, in the Orlando police department’s investigation of the incident, they found that both sides were “mutual combats,” and no one was charged with a crime after police watched video surveillance.
In response to the Orlando police department’s ruling on the situation, Matava claimed that “the whole police report is a lie,” and he says he was discriminated against because he is from out of state. “There [were] no video cameras,” says Matava.