Half the thrill of attending a concert of your favorite musicians is the heart-pounding music, vocals and sound effects that go into making the show spectacular. I’ve been to 10+ concerts throughout the years, and although they all forced me to scream into my friend’s ear who was standing next to me just to be heard, I always thought the ringing ears justified the adrenaline I felt when I not only heard my favorite singer, but was able to watch them perform right in front of my eyes.
Apparently one mother who attended Justin Bieber’s concert in July 2010 with her daughter experienced a little too much sound and performance, because she is suing the Biebs, his label (Island Def Jam Records), the concert promoter and the arena in the suit for the “loss of quality of life and permanent disability and impairment to both of my ears.” She is suing for $9.2 million after suffering hearing loss, severe tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hyperacusis (oversensitivity to sound) in both ears from attending his show!
Stacey Wilson Betts explains that ”[Bieber] climbed into a heart shaped, aluminum/steel gondola and was pulled out over the crowd,” creating a “wave like effect of screaming” that “enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion,” Betts said in the documents. It’s pretty crazy that the concert left her with permanent damage, and depending on how the lawsuit shakes out, this might mark the start of sound limitations at concerts from now on. I’m just speculating, though.
What do you think about this controversial lawsuit? Do you think this damaged mother stands a chance against Justin Bieber and company?