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Report: Mandalay Bay Guard Pressured Into Ellen Interview

Meghalee Das
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Meghalee Das
Report: Mandalay Bay Guard Pressured Into Ellen Interview

The Mandalay Bay security guard who had reportedly called for help during the Las Vegas shooting massacre a few weeks ago — and briefly went missing last week — was reportedly pressured to give his first interview about the mass shooting to Ellen DeGeneres.

According to a report by The Daily Mail, MGM, which owns the casino and hotel from which Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds, feared a real journalist would have grilled him about the timeline of the events that day.

The timeline has been shrouded in controversy after the police initially said security guard Jesus Campos was a “hero” who intervened midway through the shooting that caused Stephen Paddock to stop firing. But the police later changed their statement saying he had been targeted before the shooting started, not after.

MGM restricted him from appearing for interviews because the company was worried that relatives might launch huge lawsuits. The 25-year-old security guard appeared on DeGeneres’ chat show Wednesday, where MGM officials expected the comedian would ask him softball questions.

“MGM was behind the decision to call off all the interviews and did a deal with Ellen, knowing she would not play hardball on the timeline as long as she had the exclusive,” a TV insider told The Daily Mail.

But the president of the International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America, David Hickey, said Campos suddenly went missing after Hickey helped him agree to do five interviews.

“I was in a meeting with MGM’s upper management and they were definitely concerned about how tough someone like (Fox News’ Sean) Hannity would be on him and they voiced their opinions,” Hickey said.

“Everyone knew he wasn’t to talk about security protocols, staffing or training or give out names of employees. I thought they were being negative, telling him that someone was going to be tough and how they were worried about his health — it wasn’t the thing he needed to hear four hours before the interviews were going to begin,” he said.

MGM has not commented on the claims in the report.

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