A federal judge cleared Live Nation in the suit, but says it can move forward against the No Doubt singer.
Gwen Stefani lost a motion for summary judgment in a 2017 lawsuit on Monday, with a federal judge ruling the singer could be held liable for allegedly causing a stampede that injured a fan after the pop star invited the audience to approach the stage at a 2016 concert at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte.
In a strange rebuke of the artist, judge Robert Conrad from the Western District of North Carolina opened his 32-page decision quoting lyrics from the singer's 2006 hit "Sweet Escape," writing out the lines "I know I've been a real bad girl / (I'll try to change) / I didn't mean for you to get hurt whatsoever."
In his ruling Conrad cleared promoter Live Nation, who had been named a co-defendant in the suit, saying the company had put in place reasonable precautions to protect fans that failed because of Stefani's unexpected call to fans to approach the stage. As for Stefani, Conrad ruled that the singer's actions were not protected by free speech rules and said a jury would likely find she acted negligently when she alleged caused a “stampede crowd rush” that injured plaintiff Lisa Stricklin.