Both Rosie and Opal, he says, "endured countless beatings" at Carson & Barnes.
In an affidavit supplied by Monell, dated February 2002, he is quoted describing one session where an employee shocked Opal 171 times with with a hotshot device - similar to a cattle prod - all over her body, including left rear leg, left foreleg, trunk and face.
"This occurred," the affidavit reads, "over only a couple minute span."
Kristen Parra at Carson & Barnes outright dismisses Monell's years-old claims. "I don't believe this incident ever took place." She says, "I have heard about this affidavit. But if you are standing there and witnessing it - why aren't you going to get someone? Why would you stand there! That makes no sense to me at all!" she notes, incredulous. "I think he is a disgruntled employee."
Monell maintains that when the video was released, circus employees threatened him and he was chased out of Hugo. He says watching the story of Rosie and Opal is heartbreaking: "[While undercover] I gave each and every one of the chained up elephants a hug, looked each of them in the eye and promised them I would free them one day. I have failed miserably because they are still there. This has been one of - if not the biggest - failures of my life."