25 July 2012

Justin Bieber sued for hearing loss at concert

A mother who took her daughter to a Justin Bieber concert is now suing the teenage idol for $9.2 million. The mother claims that she is suffering from hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis caused by Bieber's concert.
Justin Bieber sued for hearing loss at concert

Stacey Wilson Betts is suing Justin Bieber after taking her daughter to one of his concerts in July 2010. The court documents state, that the mother now suffers from hearing loss, severe tinnitus and hyperacusis in both of her ears from Bieber's concert.

Betts is suing for $9.2 million, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon. She stated that she was injured by noise that “exceeded safe decibel levels” and that this was “due to an unforeseen aspect of the show.”

Aluminium gondola

According to the mother, the unforeseen aspect of the concert was when Justin Bieber “climbed into a heart shaped, aluminium/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”.

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Betts explains that the steel gondola acted as “a sound conductor,” creating a “sound blast” that has damaged both her ears”.

Stacey Wilson Betts is suing both Justin Bieber, his record label, Def Jam, for “loss of quality of life and permanent disability and impairment” to both her ears.

Source: www.examiner.com and www.nationalpost.com

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