A mom from Oregon is suing pop star Justin Bieber for a whopping $9.2 million. She claims that his concert was too loud that she suffered permanent hearing loss at his July 2010 Portland concert.
The lawsuit filed by Stacey Wilson Betts, who took her daughter to the Bieb’s concert, states that a “sound blast” from the show permanently impaired the hearing in both of her ears. This led her to suffer hearing loss, severe tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hyperacusis (oversensitivity to sound) in both ears from the show, she claims.
The gondola “acted as a sound conductor, creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both my ears,” Betts wrote in the lawsuit.
“Bieber climbed into a heart shaped, aluminum/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.”
“I had no reasonable way to anticipate the gondola could create a sound blast that would permanently damage my ears,” Betts said in the documents. “Experienced promoters, sound engineers, managers and artists are responsible to maintain safe decibels at all times during their events.”
According to reports, Betts has been seeing ear specialists and supporting court documents show she has not been employed since 2005 and has received disability or workers compensation payments for the past year. They also show she has a spouse or significant other who works at a high school.
Betts is seeking money for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. Bieber’s record label (Island Def Jam Records), the Portland arena and the concert promoter are also included in the lawsuit.