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Cirque, MGM Grand cited in KA performer's death

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Sarah Guillot-Guyard is seen in this undated picture. (File/FOX5) Sarah Guillot-Guyard is seen in this undated picture. (File/FOX5)

Four months after an acrobat fell to her death during a performance of KA, officials have cited Cirque du Soleil and MGM Grand for several violations.

Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 32, who played a battle spearman warrior in a battle scene in the Las Vegas Strip show, died June 29 when she fell 94 feet after the rope holding her snapped.

According to a report by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration released Tuesday, Guillot-Guyard's rope was freed from the pulley during her rapid ascent, scraping against a shear point and severing the wire.

OSHA cited Cirque du Soleil Nevada Inc. for six violations, including improper training in the use of equipment, improper assessment of hazards, improper record keeping and removal of Guillot-Guyard's 38-foot-long wire before investigators arrived. The citations call for a fine of $25,235.

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino was also cited for three violations, according to OSHA, including exposing employees to hazards caused by Cirque's deficiencies. The citations call for a fine of $7,000.

The Clark County Coroner's Office listed Guillot-Guyard's cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma.

Cirque du Soleil's founder Guy Laliberté said in a statement the day after the accident that Guillot-Guyard, whose stage name was "Sassoon," joined KA's original cast in 2006.

MGM Grand said in a statement that it plans to start the appeal process of OSHA's citations. The company said safety has always been a top priority for both the resort and Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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