A 29-year-old woman has filed a $25 million civil lawsuit against a Sugar Land man who she says forced her into a trash bin and attempted to set it ablaze two years ago, according to court records.
Amber Colette Rose, 29, of Houston, continues to suffer emotional distress from the Nov. 1, 2010, assault by Hassan Faraz Gaddi, and is unable to work, Tony Buzbee, her attorney, said.
Rose, a nursing assistant, has been undergoing psychological therapy since the incident, Buzbee said.
“This kind of conduct is off the charts,” Buzbee said. “At the least we hope to get that (therapy) paid for and to send a message to this guy and those like him that this type of conduct is unacceptable,” he said.
Last summer, State District Judge Joan Campbell sentenced Gaddi to 10 years probation and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine after he was found guilty of aggravated assault and kidnapping in the case, court records show.
Houston police said Gaddi kidnapped Rose in the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2010, and he drove her to a secluded area along Rockley Road in southwest Houston, according to court records.
Once there, he began hitting her with a crowbar before shoving her into the trash bin, according to court records.
Gaddi poured a flammable liquid into the container and attempted to light it on fire, but he could not get it to light, according to court records.
Rose escaped by jumping into the driver’s seat while Gaddi searched for a second lighter in his car, according to court records. Gaddi hung onto the car and was dragged a short distance.
Gaddi’s attorney, Chip B. Lewis, called the civil lawsuit “just another example of Amber Rose extortion.”
“Before we settled the criminal case, she made numerous attempts to extort the guy’s family,” Lewis said.
Lewis said Rose told Gaddi’s father in a recorded conversation to “just pay me $250,000” and she “would not go forward with the criminal case,” Lewis said.
“She’s tried to extort them (the family) before illegally and now she’s trying through the legal channels with a very skilled attorney,” Lewis said. “Unfortunately for her, her efforts will meet with the same result.”
The civil lawsuit also names as co-defendants Gaddi’s mother, Shazia Gaddi, and father, Saeed B. Gaddi, who hosts a Pakistani radio show in Houston. The lawsuit alleges that Gaddi’s parents aided him by providing money, a vehicle and tire iron used in the brutal assault.
February 21, 2012