Michigan Man Sues Hip-Hop Group For Concert Injury

A Michigan man has filed suit against an Atlanta-based hip-hop duo for hitting his nose with a water bottle during a show. Court documents signify that the plaintiff–who has not been identified–attended a show in October 2016, at which the rappers recklessly launched full water bottles into the audience. One hit the plaintiff directly in the face, allegedly leaving him with a migraine and permanent scarring.The plaintiff claimed the water bottle was catapulted forcefully enough to rip off a “chunk of his face.” He was sent via ambulance to the hospital, where they determined that he would be permanently disfigured and scarred. He filed suit for assault, battery, and negligence. He is seeking damages for medical fees, as well as punitive damages.

This isn’t the only lawsuit of its kind. Also this month, one of Katy Perry’s stagehands claimed she lost a toe while working on Perry’s tour. Christina Fish was hired for Perry’s 2014 international tour. At a North Carolina show, a wall Fish was asked to move got stuck and rolled over her foot. Her toe allegedly became gangrenous and eventually needed to be amputated. Fish is suing Perry, Live Nation, and several production companies for damages.

Likewise, a woman who was allegedly raped at a Future and Drake concert last year is suing both rappers (among other defendants) for $25 million. She claims the defendants’ negligence caused the rape. According to the federal lawsuit, the woman (identified as Jane Doe) claimed that during an August 2016 concert in Nashville, she was approached by a man associated with the venue who offered to take her backstage. As the woman followed the man backstage, the lawsuit claimed, he suddenly pushed her to the ground and “violently assaulted her, shattering her cell phone and causing severe physical and psychological injury.” The lawsuit claims that her attacker had a public history of assault, and therefore the defendants should have known that employing him could “pose unreasonable risk to others.”

In another case this year, a Gwen Stefani fan is suing the pop artist and Live Nation after she broke her leg during a concert at PNC Music Pavilion. She alleged in her federal lawsuit that during the July 2016 concert, Stefani encouraged fans sitting on the lawn to move closer to the stage. This announcement, the plaintiff alleged, created a stampede. She “was trampled by the rush of patrons” and thrown into a wall along the reserved seating area. This caused her serious physical injuries, including a broken tibia. She is suing Stefani for causing the stampede and Live Nation for failing to protect her. She’s seeking $75,000 from each defendant and is seeking unspecified punitive damages from Stefani.

Finally, this year Styx drummer Todd Sucherman was sued by a fan who claimed she suffered facial injuries when he threw a drumstick into the crowd during an Atlanta concert in 2015. The lawsuit alleges that the drummer did not properly warn the woman to allow her to fully protect herself from being injured.

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