There’s only one reason security guard Jesus Campos broke his silence and went on Ellen DeGeneres show to discuss what happened the night of the Las Vegas shooting: He was ordered to.
The giant company that owns the Mandalay Bay Casino – MGM Resorts International – pressured Campos into giving his only interview to Ellen’s show because they feared he would “spill the beans” and tell the whole truth if he was grilled by “real journalists,” The Daily Mail is reporting.
The company is worried that the families of the 58 people murdered – and the more than 500 shot – would begin suing the company – for potentially billions – if he didn’t say something. And they feared he wouldn’t be able to keep his story straight if he was grilled by trained journalists.
That’s why Campos, 25, was on Ellen’s chatty, puffy show rather than take questions from Fox, ABC or CBS.
“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 DailyMail.com.
Campos had originally agreed to do five interviews, all on Thursday last week, but suddenly went missing, his union boss, who was helping set up the deal, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
David Hickey, president of the Michigan-based International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America, would not confirm that MGM was behind the decision, but said the company certainly influenced Campos.
“I was in a meeting with MGM’s upper management and they were definitely concerned about how tough someone like Hannity would be on him and they voiced their opinions,” Hickey said.
He said all sides had agreed parameters for the interviews. ‘Everyone knew he wasn’t to talk about security protocols, staffing or training or give out names of employees.’
But he said the company — that, like most of Vegas’s casino industry, obsessively controls what employees are allowed to say to the media — was pressuring Campos not to give too much away.
‘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.’
Hickey said he met with the MGM executives at a location in Las Vegas where Campos was staying. They met in the living room but he wanted a word with some of the management team in private so they went into the bedroom.
When they returned, Campos had gone, and Hickey said he hasn’t seen or heard from him since.
The next thing he knew the security official had bailed on the five interviews. Then he learned on Monday that instead of appearing on a news show he would go on Ellen.
Since the show aired, DeGeneres has been attacked for not asking Campos any real questions at all during the interview about the timeline of the shooting.
Instead of asking Campos and fellow hotel worker Steven Schuck about how the deadly event unfolded, DeGeneres talked instead about their favorite pro football teams and gave a shout-out to a company that had promised Campos a season ticket to the Raiders when the team moves to Las Vegas in 2019 or 2020