HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is denying comments from a Stamford woman mauled by a chimpanzee that he was aware the animal was dangerous, when he was the city’s mayor.

In an interview with The Hartford Courant, Charla Nash, who was attacked in 2009, said Malloy knew the animal’s owner, Sandra Herold, and warned her to lock-up the chimp following a previous incident where the primate got loose and roamed Stamford.

Malloy told reporters Tuesday that while he had met Herold at meetings he hosted as mayor, the two never discussed the chimp.

He said he no idea that the animal was dangerous and assumed the owners were in compliance with the law. Herold died in 2010.

Nash is awaiting a state official’s decision on whether she can sue Connecticut for damages.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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