System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian has sued a Grand Rapids, Mich., security company, saying its employees assaulted him during a concert. The 28-year-old artist claims in October 2001, the guards

System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian has sued a Grand Rapids, Mich., security company, saying its employees assaulted him during a concert. The 28-year-old artist claims in October 2001, the guards elbowed him in the face and dragged him out of the arena when he tried to go backstage with two girls while Slipknot was playing.

The suit was filed in Kent County Circuit Court against DK Security. Grand Rapids police investigated the situation but did not seek any charges. In the suit, Odadjian accuses the guards of assault, ethnic intimidation, and humiliation, the Grand Rapids Press reported Saturday. Odadjian is an Armenian-American.

Also named as defendants are the three guards who had contact with Odadjian at the Oct. 20, 2001, concert.

Brian Vincent, DK Security's attorney, said the company denies that its employees did anything wrong. "I've been in on the investigation since the beginning and we have found no evidence to support the plaintiff's claims," Vincent said.

Odadjian claims he did nothing to provoke the guards. He says he suffered "serious personal injuries and damages including his face, nose, eye, shoulder, back; and he was caused to suffer pain and bleeding in his nose for long periods of time."

The guards said Slipknot had instructed them that no one should be allowed backstage during its performance because it was using fireworks, Vincent said. "He didn't accept the restrictions, and he started a pushing match," Vincent said.


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