If he’s not getting pulled over for reckless driving, suffering a concussion or fighting with the paparazzi, you can still guarantee that Justin Bieber will make headlines one way or another. Unfortunately, this bout may cost him more than the amount of all those incidents combined.
On July 14, 2010, a fan was escorted to a JB concert in Portland, Oregon by her mother, Stacey Wilson Betts. The girl, an early-on, original Belieber (considering it was two years ago), enjoyed Justin’s tunes for the duration of his performance. Stacey, however, claims that she left the concert with damage to her ears. Permanent damage to her ears.
According to Perez Hilton, the mother says that during one part of the show specifically, Justin pointed at various parts of the audience, and “enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick upward motion.” The publication continues to mention that she believes the gondola in which Justin was seated acted as a ‘sound conductor’ that caused her loss of hearing.
Now, over 700 days later, she’s filed a suit against the Biebs, his record label, the concert promoter and the arena because “experienced promoters, sound engineers, managers and artists” are responsible for safe sound maintenence. Oh, and the grand total of her troubles: $9.23 million(!) for expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, severe tinnitus (a ringing in the ears), hyperacusis (sensitivity to sound), permanent disability and impairment to both of her ears.
So far, there’s been no word from Bieber’s camp on how they plan on addressing the situation. Whose side are you on in this case? Do you think Justin’s responsible? Or should Stacey have taken her own precautions (like earplugs)?