A newly uncovered court testimony from 2013 revealed new details about Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas last week before turning a gun on himself.
According to a 97-page court deposition obtained by CNN, Paddock said he gambled as much as $1 million a night, hired a doctor on retainer to prescribe him Valium, and spent much of his time living out of Las Vegas casinos.
Paddock was deposed on October 29, 2013, as part of a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, where he slipped and fell on a walkway two years prior, according to CNN.
The document has been turned over to the FBI as part of its investigation into the deadly shooting, CNN reported. Paddock’s motive remains unclear.
Paddock said he was prescribed Valium by Nevada doctor Steven Winkler, and that he kept Winkler “on retainer,” although he didn’t indicate how often he took the anxiety drug.
“He’s like on retainer, I call it, I guess,” Paddock said, according to CNN. “It means I pay a fee yearly. … I have good access to him.”
Side effects for the drug can include rage, aggressiveness, and irritability, CNN reported, adding it is unknown when Paddock last took the drug.
Paddock testified that he had no mental health issues, no history of addiction, and no criminal record.
Paddock said in the testimony that he split time traveling between California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida, at one point traveling as much as “maybe upwards of three weeks out of a month.”
His reputation for high-stakes gambling almost always led hotels to provide him with free accommodation. He took advantage of the “comped” amenities hotels offered, such as the free bottle of sake he opened in 2011 – possibly the night of his fall – but didn’t drink.
“I would open all sorts of things,” Paddock told a lawyer in his deposition.
“And if you aren’t comped at casinos, you wouldn’t understand,” he added.
Paddock described himself as “biggest video poker player in the world” and said that in 2006, at the height of his play, he averaged 14 hours of poker a day.
“I know some of the video poker players that play big. Nobody played as much and as long as I did,” he said.
Paddock also went into detail about his gambling habits, painting the picture of a prolific gambler who sometimes wagered $1 million a night.
“Each time I push the button, it will range from $100 to $1,350,” he said. When a lawyer commented that $1 million was “a lot of money,” Paddock replied, “No, it’s not.”
Paddock said he usually wandered around Las Vegas casinos wearing sweatpants and flip-flops, and never went to the pool because, as he said, “I do not do sun.”
There was no discussion about guns in the deposition, CNN reported, other than Paddock’s comment that he had a concealed weapon license in Texas.
Paddock said in the lawsuit that his fall at the Cosmopolitian resulted in a lingering hamstring injury, but according to CNN, an arbitrator ruled in the hotel’s favor.
- Las Vegas officials believe many more pro teams will follow the Raiders to Sin City
- Las Vegas buffets: Your guide to lavish nonstop dining on the Strip
- Raiders begin life in Las Vegas with $500K donation to eliminate school lunch debt
- Las Vegas mass murderer’s ex-mistress has fake gun seized from her in New Zealand: report
- Las Vegas sports books banking on the experience to attract customers
- Sting Talks 'Last Ship' Tour, Las Vegas Residency & Wishing He Had a Chance to Work With Juice WRLD
- Cops hid use of phone tracking tech in court documents at feds’ request
- Suspect in ex-priest’s slaying sent to Vegas to face charges
- Vegas police arrest 18-year-old in mall shooting that hurt 3
- How Jo Koy found his voice on Vegas’ comedy club scene
- Which pot strain works best for gambling? Vegas budtenders share their tips
- News Bites: Taco Bell Flagship Restaurant Coming to Vegas, Beer Labels Get Nutrition Facts & More
- Special Report: How secrecy in U.S. courts hobbles regulators
- Sara Gilbert checks her phone as she runs errands solo in LA... after filing for separation from wife Linda Perry
- From the pills to booze, rocky romances and his business empire: The raw, uncensored story behind the tumultuous life of Australia's most famous billionaire
- Demi Lovato Proudly Cheers on Sister Madison De La Garza at Her High School Graduation
- Fitspo: how strong became the new skinny
- Real story behind Loving Pablo - Cocaine king's secret lover reveals reality of life with cartel boss
- Former Farage aide gave US information in plea deal, court files show
- O.J. Simpson, Now 70, Granted Parole from Prison Nearly 9 Years After Conviction in Vegas Robbery
A 2013 court document provides new details on the life of the Las Vegas shooter have 771 words, post on www.businessinsider.sg at October 9, 2017. This is cached page on Talk Vietnam. If you want remove this page, please contact us.