Nicholaus Mims, the Maryland man who says Six Flags security guards beat him after a disagreement at the amusement park in 2018, was awarded $800,000 in damages.
The attorney representing Mims, Governor Jackson III, told Fox Business that Nicholaus and his wife Antoinette were both relieved and vindicated after the settlement.
Nicholaus filed a lawsuit in August asking for $10 million in compensatory damages, plus an additional $15 million in punitive damages.
“It was hard to sit in a trial and listen to the security officers tell a different truth under oath than what I know happened. Fortunately, the jury saw through it,” Mims told FOX Business. “I think about all of the people that have been in that situation and didn’t speak up for themselves. I’m fortunate I had the lawyers I did.”
According to Nicholaus, the incident occurred because he was traveling around the amusement park with no shirt trying to find his 12-year-old son who had wandered away from the water park area they were at. He says when he found his son he called his wife immediately. That’s when he says a park employee approached him and told him he needed to put a shirt on. Shortly after, he was allegedly approached by two security guards who told him that he had to leave the park because he was not wearing a shirt.
Nicholaus says after the argument he agreed to leave but security followed him and tried to handcuff him. The lawsuit alleges they slammed him to the ground and beat him.
Six Flags spokeswoman Denise Stokes previously said the company believes the lawsuit has no merit.
Company lawyers have denied his allegations in court.