Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal have filed suit seeking unspecified damages against everyone they can think of in the Christmas Day 2007 attack by the late Tatiana, a Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo. They claim to be victims of libel, slander, civil rights violations, and permanent scarring.
Even though Paul, 20, initially admitted taunting Tatiana until she escaped her enclosure, killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa, Jr., and mauled the brothers, attorney Mark Geragos has helped the brothers remember things differently.
Kulbir, 24, now claims he was attacked after a zoo employee refused to let him take refuge inside a café. He’s also steamed that police impounded for several weeks the BMW M3 he was driving.
Paul’s in jail right now after managing to turn a 30-day sentence for leading police on a 140 mph chase into 16 months in San Quentin after getting caught with marijuana and slapped with a parole violation just 3 days later. He’s expected to be on the loose again next year.
That is, if three counts of commercial burglary and two counts of grand theft (all felonies) he still faces don’t earn him more jail time. He allegedly attempted to steal video game equipment worth more than $400 from Target. Yesterday, a judge was persuaded to dismiss lesser shoplifting charges in a plea deal, but gave him 5 years’ probation and ordered him to stay out of Target.
By the way, Paul’s current jail stay is for two convictions because he got sentenced to serve concurrently after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and public intoxication in September 2007. Kulbir pleaded not guilty.
With the Dhaliwals’ growing criminal rap sheet, Geragos should be ashamed for trying to pass this pair off as two innocent victims who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their litigation should get buried in a very deep litterbox as the crap it is.