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Jury asked to award more than $7.1M to comedian for lost earnings

In this Nov. 8, 2012 file photo, actor and comedian George Wallace arrives at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. Wallace is in a Las Vegas courtroom this week, seeking damages from a Las Vegas resort and a credit card company he blames for a leg injury he received when he tripped over electrical wiring during a private performance in December 2007. (Jeff Bottari/Invision/AP,File)
Soul Train Awards (Jeff Bottari/Invision/AP,File)
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Updated: 4/04/2014 5:27 pm
The Associated Press

A jury in Las Vegas is being asked to award more than $7.1 million in lost earnings to comedian George Wallace for a leg injury he says he suffered while performing in December 2007 at a resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Wallace's attorney, Dominic Gentile, left open the amount the jury could award for pain and suffering. He earlier said he expected to seek at least $9 million.

Jurors began deliberating Friday after Bellagio attorney Paul Haire said Wallace had a pre-existing injury and was careless onstage.

Haire says the hotel shouldn't be found negligent for Wallace failing to look out for himself.

The jury heard two weeks of testimony about the night the 61-year-old stand-up comic became entangled in wiring during a show for a corporate group at the Bellagio.

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