KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thursday night the Edge of Hell haunted house is opening for the season in the West Bottoms and one former employee says her experience working there was horrifying.
She and her lawyers filed a lawsuit earlier in September citing Full Moon Productions, the owner of the haunted house, and a former co-worker after she says she was raped on the job. The court documents claim that the 19-year-old woman was working at the Edge of Hell on October 18, 2013 when she says a 33-year-old male co-worker kept asking her to follow him.
She finally agreed. She said she thought it was important.
In the lawsuit the woman claims she followed her co-worker into a bathroom, where he locked the door and violently raped her. The suit says she got away and called her father, who then called the Kansas City Police Department.
As she was waiting for police, she outlines in her lawsuit that a supervisor mentioned he should have fired the male co-worker accused of raping her, the first time something like this happened. Documents say the woman was given a full examination and rape kit; physical injury was found by the examiner.
The suit claims the woman suffered emotional, physical, and financial injury as a result, and it claims the company that owns the Edge of Hell, Full Moon Productions, was negligent in hiring, supervising, and for failing to remove the defendant having known of his previous behavior.
The suit names both as defendants.
According to the Missouri Courts website, Casenet, the man's been convicted for multiple previous crimes.
Full Moon, however responded by saying, "We have taken great pride in being a good corporate citizen and in our above-and-beyond efforts to ensure that our attractions are family friendly and safe." The statement continues by saying the company has a zero tolerance policy for any improper conduct.
FOX 4 is not naming the defendant because no criminal charges have been filed. FOX 4 asked the plaintiff's lawyer why that was, and he responded that he is in contact with the Jackson County District Attorney's office regarding this, and he will comment when it's appropriate.
Full statement from Full Moon Productions :
While Full Moon Productions creates entertainment and attractions that bring out the fun in fear, we do not condone violence of any kind. We have taken great pride in being a good corporate citizen and in our above-and-beyond efforts to ensure that our attractions are family-friendly and safe.
As a responsible company we are mindful to not let any innocent patron or employee be accused of inappropriate conduct, without formal and conclusive internal and third-party investigations. In a time of rampant sensationalism, verbal and public accusations can be wielded that can irreparably harm the reputation of an innocent people. Full Moon will have no part of irreparably harming anyone‘s personal integrity and reputation, and we ask the same of others to ensure that any statements printed or broadcast are founded in truth and not bound to create a libelous situation.
The West Bottoms continues to be one of the safest places in the city. We credit that to having a caring and professional police force and security detail on-site, as well as security cameras throughout the venues. Additionally, our strict hiring procedures include thorough background checks and employee screenings. We have a zero tolerance policy for any improper conduct.
As we enter our 40th season serving tourists and Kansas City residents we look forward to another season of well-managed crowds and to providing a safe environment for our customers, employees and vendors. We look forward to another 40 years of scaring people the right way.