You can blame Elvis Presley for a multitude of reasons, from selling himself out for the sake of Vegas stints to starring in really crappy movies. But one Swiss couple is taking the late hillbilly rocker to task for something far more personal.
Hans-Peter Gauch and Magdalena Gauch seem to have a gripe with part of Presley's estate, namely The Guest House on the palatial grounds of Graceland in Memphis. They're taking the Guest House, Elvis Presley Enterprises, and Pyramid Tennessee Management to court, seeking $75,000 in compensation for damages related to medical issues that have since plagued havoc with the husband's job and occupation.
The powers that be handling Elvis Presley Enterprises won't comment on the filing, but the couple stated that back in October 2017, Hans-Peter was diagnosed with tinnitus in a Memphis hospital right after a false alarm that took place in the Guest House. A fire alarm rang out one morning and Hans-Peter, who was staying at the Graceland accommodations building with his daughter, tried to evacuate the premises but was confused over the layout display while trying to find an emergency exit.
The two quickly retreated back to their suite and called the front desk, who assured the guests the alert was a false alarm but didn't offer any help in the meantime. The guests endured the noise with hands covering their ears until the alarms went silent roughly a half hour later. Gauch, who still felt a weird whistling in his ears, had himself checked out at a nearby hospital, which diagnosed him with tinnitus, something that was also confirmed by an ear specialist in Geneva after he went back home.
Gauch claims that after the incident, the condition was so debilitating, his wife had to take over part of his real estate company and has interfered with their relationship. The two now live separately, although they haven't divorced. In the lawsuit, the couple accuses Graceland's management of not documenting emergency exits and failing to have facilities up to code.
At the very least, it's certainly not the first time that issues involving Elvis Presley included noise complaints.