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April 16, 2014

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California lawyer’s Las Vegas party costs nearly $100,000, time in jail and civil suit

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Robert Pearman

California lawyer Robert Pearman was given the chance to allow his Las Vegas transgressions to stay in Las Vegas, but he declined.

Now Pearman, 45, is facing charges of malicious destruction of property after an alleged drunken party led to nearly $100,000 in damage to an Encore luxury room, according to a police report.

But not just any room. According to the report, Pearman was booked into room 2401, a 5,829-square-foot, two-story, three-bedroom, deluxe apartment with a pool table, whirlpool and treadmill, among other amenities.

Pearman, who lives in Encino, Calif., reportedly was staying in the luxury apartment on March 30 when Encore security called Metro Police for assistance with a disruptive guest.

When Metro Police investigated, they found Pearman, who “appeared intoxicated given his gait, manner of slurred speech and prominent odor of alcohol emanating from his person,” according to the police report.

The officers also found five women, who all said they had been partying with Pearman and staying in the apartment.

The room, according to police, was in complete disarray. Broken glass was strewn everywhere; food was smeared on the walls, floors and drapes; furniture was knocked over; and the officers noted damage to chairs, pillows, six lamps, a book about Michelangelo, a speaker and a decorative vase.

Encore staff, factoring in labor and other expenses, calculated the damage at $96,270.

Pearman, when contacted by police, took full blame, or credit, for the mess.

“I take full responsibility for what happened here. We were partying,” he said, according to the police report.

“I did all of this. I am responsible for all of these people. Let my people go,” he continued.

While deflecting blame from his cohorts, he also lashed out at Encore staff.

Pearman announced that he was an attorney and that he would “depose Steve Wynn and make this place Napalm.”

Napalm is a thickening and gelling agent mixed with petroleum and used in incendiary devices.

According to police, Encore staff offered to let Pearman pay for the estimated damage on the spot and said they would not press charges, but he declined.

Pearman was then arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center and has been released pending a court appearance in Las Vegas Township Court.

Wynn Las Vegas, which operates the Wynn and Encore, has filed civil charges against Pearman in district court.

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  1. Another case of alcohol impairing the judgment of a fool who consumed way too much. Yet, news organizations such as the R/J & Sun continue to glamorize its use with splashy stories and color photos. I look forward to the day when alcohol is given the same cold shoulder now afforded smoking and over-imbibing becomes as socially unacceptable instead of being portrayed as chic and sophisticated. The days of the "Thin Man" are long gone!

  2. How much do you want to bet Mr. Wonderful didn't know a single person in the hotel suite with him.

    Sad.

  3. Jerry...when that day comes Vegas won't be needed any longer.

  4. your high horse is at the stable, ready anytime you wanna ride it on outta town.

  5. Is everyone missing the extortion by the casino? They make up an amount for the damages that is probably ten time what it will really cost to repair the damages, then threaten the drunk to essentially "Pay up what we claim you owe right now, or our compliant minions from Metro will put you in jail." No reasonable chance for the drunk to challenge the inflated number made up on the spot by non-experts. I think there's a good possibility the casino staff engaged in criminal behavior that was worse than the drunken lawyer. But of course the extortion charge will never see a criminal courtroom.

  6. Why is this a story? The Las Vegas marketing scheme has been "Come to Vegas and Act Like an A-hole" for many years now. Anyone in the industry will tell you the same. This is the image we portray. You ask for it, you get it.

  7. This is another reason that the wealthy are banging on the Governments for more tax deductions: bigger parties, boats, broads and overseas bank accounts.

    They divorce themselves from the rest of the country call themselves the 'job creators', but for which jobs, cleaning crews?

  8. @rogers, maybe price-gouging but extorion, no. he had already bought the goods.