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article imageMom sues Justin Bieber $9.2M for hearing loss at too loud concert

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jul 14, 2012 in Entertainment
An Oregon woman has filed a $9.2 million lawsuit against the teenage pop star Justin Bieber, alleging that she suffered permanent hearing loss at a concert held at the Rose Quarter on July 14, 2010.
The Washington Post reports that Stacey Wilson Betts of Wilsonville, filed a suit Wednesday, that lists Bieber, Island Def Jam Records, Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, as defendants at the U.S. District Court. The lawsuit states that Betts sustained permanent hearing loss after Bieber climbed into a "heart-shaped gondola" and deliberately whipped up his fans into a frenzy of screaming excitement that exceeded safe decibel levels.
According to TMZ, Betts said while Bieber was being carted above the crowd in a “heart-shaped aluminum/steel gondola,” he “created a wave-like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena. Then enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion.”
According to the lawsuit, the gondola “acted as a sound conductor, creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both my ears." The Inquisitr reports Betts says Bieber and co-defendants Island Def Jam Records, promoter AEG Worldwide and venue owner Vulcan Sports Entertainment, displayed “negligence” by failing to ensure “safe decibels at all times during their events.”
According to The Washington Post, Betts, who attended the concert with one of her daughters, is seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering and loss of quality of life.
Betts said in her lawsuit that she has been seeing ear specialists because of the hearing loss. She said she has been suffering severe tinnitus (noise and ringing in the ears) and hyperacusis (sensitivity to sound). According to Betts: "I had no reasonable way to anticipate the gondola could create a sound blast that would permanently damage my ears... Experienced promoters, sound engineers, managers and artists are responsible to maintain safe decibels at all times during their events.”
The Inquisitr reports Biebers fans have reacted to Betts' lawsuit. Most fans say everyone knows that concerts, especially Bieber concerts, are very loud.
The Inquistr quotes @bieberarmy: "Don’t go to a Bieber concert and not expect it to be loud. It clearly didn’t affect the other thousands of ppl there."
According to Fresnobullpup, who posted a comment on TMZ: “What did she think would happen at a concert with several thousand screaming kids? I work at a venue that hosts shows just like this, there are these neat little things that I wear called ear plugs – they cost almost nothing and keep your hearing healthy (and also keep you from going insane listening to crowds like this).”
TMZ reports Justin Bieber has so far declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The Washington Post reports that court documents say Betts has not been employed since 2005 and has been receiving disability payments. The documents also show she has a spouse who works at a high school
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