Fan Sues Gwen Stefani & Live Nation for Stampede That Left Her With a Broken Leg
Woman says she was injured when Stefani encouraged fans to rush to the front of Charlotte, North Carolina's PNC Pavilion.
Lisa Stricklin filed the lawsuit in federal court Friday, alleging that during the July 23, 2016, concert, the pop star encouraged fans sitting on the lawn section to move toward the reserved seating area to be closer to the stage.
“Just fill in anywhere you like! Who cares about your lawn chairs? You can get new ones!” Stefani allegedly told fans during the show.
"This announcement created a stampede rush of patrons from the lawn seating area through the reserved seating area and toward the front of the performance stage, with people knocking over and breaching the security barricades and other security matter, jumping over seats in the reserved seating area, and pouring in through the aisles separating the various sections of the reserved seating area," the suit reads. Stricklin "was trampled by the rush of patrons and into a wall along the reserved seating area, causing her severe physical injuries," including a broken tibia.
While Stefani never apologized for the stampede, according to the lawsuit, she did allegedly tell fans, "I got in so much trouble for telling you guys to come up here!"
Stricklin is suing Stefani for allegedly causing the stampede and Live Nation for failing to protect her. She's asking a judge to force Live Nation and Stefani to each pay her $75,000 and is seeking unspecified punitive damages from Stefani. Billboard reached out to Live Nation as was told the company could not comment on pending litigation.