An Oregon mom is suing Justin Bieber and company for over $9 million for damages to her hearing that she claimed occurred at a 2010 concert. TMZ has released a copy of the complaint, which names Bieber, Island Def Jam Records, Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, and AEG Worldwide.
The woman’s complaint reads as follows (and I’ve corrected some odd grammatical errors for ease of reading here):
I took my daughter to a Justin Bieber concert July 14, 2010 at the Rose Quarter in Portland Oregon. Due to an unforeseen aspect of the show, I was injured by a sound blast that exceeded safe decibel levels. I suffer hearing loss, severe tinnitus and hyperacusis in both ears. The incident of injury was when Justin Bieber climbed into a heart shaped, aluminum/steel gondola and was pulled out into various sections of the arena. Then enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion, whereas I was struck with a sound blast. The gondola that Justin Bieber was suspended in acted as a sound conductor creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both of my ears. Island Def Jam Records represents Justin Bieber, with his manager and promoter AEG Worldwide, designs and develops Justin Beiber’s shows. The Rose Quarter, owned by Vulcan Sports and Entertainment is where the injury took place in Oregon.
Her request for compensation reads as follows:
I respectfully ask the court to grant an award of $9,230,000.000 for expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, severe tinnitus, hyperacusis and permanent disability and impairment to both of my ears. I also request any and all court related fees or costs, witness, travel and any subsequent attorney fees be paid by defendants.
This type of lawsuit is outrageous. It reminds me of the old lady who spilled coffee on herself in McDonald’s several years ago and was rewarded for it. It’s a testament to people’s inability to take responsibility for their own actions. She went to a concert full of thousands of screaming teenagers and didn’t bring ear plugs? Or stick her fingers in her ears when it became too loud? This author is an avid concert-goer – who has tinnitus, I may add – and the thought of blaming anyone but yourself for a lack of precaution is offensive.
I’ve gone to concerts and regretted it the next day, but I knew it was my fault for not grabbing some ear plugs beforehand.
Where does this woman’s responsibility for her own actions come into play? Thousands of others were at the concert and none have complained in the two years since that day.
I only hope they don’t settle with her.
Link to the document on TMZ
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