A former personal trainer at a Gold's Gym in Nevada who was convicted of raping a teenager after a training session in 2013 is now being sued by the teenager, according to a civil complaint filed July 14.
The teen also is suing the owners of Gold's Gym International and the current owners of the fitness facility where the trainer was employed.
The minor in the case, identified as JB, filed suit in Clark County District Court against First Alliance LLC, EOS Fitness Holdings LLC, TRT Holdings Inc. (owners of Gold's Gym) and the former trainer, James Booker. (Read the civil complaint at the bottom of this page.)
She accuses First Alliance, EOS Fitness and TRT Holdings of negligent hiring and retention, and negligent supervision. She accuses Booker of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She is seeking punitive damages in excess of $10,000 on each count, case costs, attorney's fees and other relief the court deems just.
First Alliance was doing business as Gold's Gym at the Las Vegas location on West Lake Mead Boulevard around the date of the incident on Feb. 22, 2013, according to the complaint. It now operates as an EOS Fitness.
The rape occurred after JB's first training session with Booker at the Gold's Gym. Gold's Gym gave JB a membership, knowing she was a minor and could not legally enter into a binding contract, according to the suit. She was 16 at the time.
Booker offered JB a ride home and raped her in his vehicle at a dark location, according to the complaint.
JB reported the sexual assault to authorities the next day. Booker was formally charged, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a prison term between eight and 20 years on June 12, 2014.
The suit alleges that the Gold's Gym negligently hired Booker knowing he was a convicted felon and sex offender. His criminal history included 16 convictions for crimes that included illegal sex with a minor, kidnapping, larceny, witness tampering, assault and battery, and illegal possession of a firearm, according to the complaint. JB claims the Gold's Gym had a duty to protect their patrons and breached that duty by hiring Booker.
TRT Holdings, EOS Fitness and First Alliance also are accused of negligent supervision on two counts. JB claims the Gold's Gym had a duty to properly supervise its gym and employees, and that duty was breached when she was given membership as a minor. On the other count, JB alleges negligent failure because Booker, a convicted felon, was allowed to have close physical contact with a minor.
The battery complaint against Booker states that JB sustained serious and permanent injuries from the rape. Booker's acts were intentional and were done with the intent to cause serious emotional distress, the complaint states.