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Gwen Stefani Sued By Fan Injured At North Carolina Concert

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By Shari Weiss |

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Gwen Stefani is being sued by a fan named Lisa Stricklin. The woman claims the singer incited a stampede at a 2016 concert in North Carolina, causing her to break her leg.

The incident allegedly took place on July 23, 2016, when Stefani was performing at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. The venue is an outdoor amphitheater, and while there is assigned seating for most of the pavilion, there is also a lawn section for unreserved general admission, which holds more than 10,000 people. The theater even rents lawn chairs to concertgoers.

According to Stricklin, though, that proved dangerous. In her legal documents she claims Stefani urged those ticketholders to move forward into the reserved seating areas. The singer is quoted as saying, “Just fill in anywhere you like! Who cares about your lawn chairs? You can get new ones!” Consequently, Stricklin claims fans started a chaotic stampede, during which her leg was broken, as fans broke through barriers and stormed past security into the seated area where she was located. The suit specifically asserts:

“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.

During the stampede rush the Plaintiff was trampled by the rush of patrons and into a wall along the reserved seating area, causing her severe physical injuries, including but not limited to a broken tibia in one of her legs.”

Stricklin further alleges Stefani later acknowledged it was a mistake to encourage attendees to move closer, supposedly saying, “I got in so much trouble for telling you guys to come up here!” The woman maintains her medical treatment included surgery, caused “mental anguish” and lost earnings, and now she wants Stefani and Live Nation, the concert promoter and owner of the PNC Music Pavilion, to pay her associated bills. She is suing on grounds of negligence, and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages of at least $75,000 from each defendant.

Gossip Cop reached out to Stefani’s camp for comment on the lawsuit, while a rep for Live Nation tells us, “We don’t comment on pending or ongoing litigation.” The “This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour,” titled after the album of the same name, ran from July 12, 2016 through October 16, 2016. Many dates were not sold out, which could be why Stefani suggested fans in the back move closer to the front. Boyfriend Blake Shelton appeared at a couple of the shows to perform their duet, “Go Ahead And Break My Heart,” but did not take the stage at this particular concert.

 


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