Casino Disputes George Lopez's Claims of 'Unruly' Hecklers After His Walkout at Stand-Up Show
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Standing by its initial statement, Eagle Mountain Casino insists that the comedian's claims that 'unruly' guests were to blame for his abrupt exit at the show 'are not consistent with casino footage and surveillance.'

AceShowbiz - The casino where George Lopez cut short his weekend show has denied his notion that "unruly" guests were to blame for his walk out. In a statement posted to its website on Monday, June 10, Eagle Mountain Casino insisted that "claims of unruly guests are not consistent with casino footage and surveillance."

"While we did see guests yelling out, we see recordings showing those saying 'we love you,' 'can we buy you a drink,' etc," the casino's assistant manager Tiffani Sahagun said in a statement. "We also know that at a comedy show, there are also likely some outbursts that casino security would have been happy to address had any issue been made known."

A rep for the casino additionally told TMZ following George's response, "We do not consider unruly behavior and unsafe environment to be compliments shouted at George. We should have had an opportunity for his private security, tour manager or George himself to let us know who they wanted ejected and we would have done so."

Previously, the casino issued a statement on the drama, saying, "Tonight George Lopez let down his fans and sold out audience by walking out and ending his show 30 minutes early." The casino added that George had his private security team in place who could have "easily escorted any hecklers out."

In his defense, George said via his spokesperson, "It's the venue or casino's job to provide a good experience for both the artist and the fans, but the casino failed in this regard. The audience was overserved and unruly, and the casino staff was unable to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the artist and guests."

"George's personal security team worked with the venue security staff to maintain order, ensure safety, and eject disruptive individuals," the spokesperson added. "Unfortunately, the casino security team was not adequate to accomplish this task. George is not obligated to perform in an unsafe environment. He feels badly that those who came to see the show were unable to do so as a result."

Meanwhile, a video showed George warning the audience before he stormed off the stage at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, California on June 7. The comedian looked irritated by fans who interrupted him during his performance. He paused his show several times because of the distraction and asked them to let him do his job to deliver the jokes.

"Are we gonna be able to let me do a show? So I just put it right now," the 63-year-old said, which fell on deaf ears as the fans continued to heckle him. "I seem like an a**hole, I'm the one working," he added, sounding serious.

"So listen, f**king waiting to come back over here. Come on, please just f**king watch the show. That's all you to do. Just relax, having fun in the city," he begged the audience. After another of the audience members interrupted him, the funnyman had had enough and walked out of the show, prompting audible boo from the audience.

He was 30 minutes before the scheduled end of his set when he abruptly ended the sold-out show. Supporting the casino's claims, some people said that the interruptions were not from hecklers but from fans showing support.

One individual commented, "It was not like he had 100 people heckling him. Maybe like 4. All it was was people yelling we love you and making references to old jokes. Nothing bad in my opinion happened tonight for George Lopez to walk out!!" Another user echoed this sentiment, adding, " 'Can I buy you a drink' is all she said to you."

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