Oregon Fan’s Mom files $9.2 Million Personal Injury Lawsuit vs. Justin Bieber

Posted on July 23, 2012

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An Oregon woman who attended a July 2010 Justin Bieber concert with one of her daughters is suing the 18-year-old pop star singer for allegedly causing her permanent hearing loss.

Stacey Betts filed the personal injury lawsuit Wednesday the other week in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon, against Bieber, his record label and the show’s promoter stating that Betts was injured by a “sound blast” at a Bieber concert at the Rose Quarter in Portland on July 14, 2010. The alleged blast, which she claims caused “hearing loss, severe tinnitus and hyperacusis in both ears,” came after Bieber climbed into a heart-shaped gondola and “created a wave-like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena.” Hanging in the gondola over the crowd, Betts claims that Bieber “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 suit  which lists Bieber as a defendant, as well as his label Island Def Jam Records and Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, which owns the arena in which the July 2010 concert took place, argues that “experienced promoters, sound engineers, managers and artists” are responsible for maintaining safe sound levels during concerts. As a result, Betts is seeking $9.23 million in damages for expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, severe tinnitus, hyperacusis and permanent disability and impairment to both of her ears.

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