Bieber sued for $10 million for causing "permanent damage"
Feel your "quality of life has been permanently reduced" by exposure to the music of Justin Bieber? If you are nodding in agreement, then join the queue of interested spectators awaiting the outcome of a lawsuit in America. A woman is suing the popster for $10 million in damages for the pain she claims to have suffered at one of his concerts.
Stacey Wilson Betts took her daughter to a Bieber show in Portland, Oregon in 2010, and claims her hearing was permanently damged by the frenzied screams of Bieber fans who were egged on by the singer. According to a report on TMZ, the screaming exceeded safe decibel levels and "caused hearing loss and severe tinnitus in both ears."
The case may hinge on whether Bieber can be held culpable for the crowd’s reaction. During the show he climbed into a heart-shaped platform and Betts believes that the singer deliberately whipped the fans into a frenzy.
"Mr. Bieber created a wave like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena," she claims. "Then he enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion, whereas I was struck with a sound blast." She added that the stage design "acted as a sound conductor creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both of my ears."
Last year Bieber was faced by a paternity suit that was eventually dropped. Perhaps a judge may find it easier to believe that the singer is capable of stirring up dangerous fan frenzy than he is of fathering a child.