An Oregon mother who took her daughter to a Justin Bieber concert in 2010 is suing the Canadian pop superstar for over $9 million. She claims that an aspect of the show created an extreme ‘sound blast’ that damaged her ears.
In the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, Stacey Wilson Betts said that she and her daughter saw Bieber’s Portland, Oregon show on July 14, 2010, reports TMZ. Betts admits that the arena was already loud thanks to Bieber’s legion of screaming young fans, but it only got worse once the “Boyfriend” singer stepped into a heart-shaped gondola that brought him closer to the crowd.
According to E! News, Betts called this an “unforeseen aspect of the show” that created a sound blast that “exceeded safe decibel levels.”
As the gondola pulled Bieber to the crowd, it only encouraged the fans to scream louder and it made a “wave like effect of screaming.”
Betts blames her permanent hearing loss, severe tinnitus and hyperacusis in both ears of the “negligence” of Bieber and his touring crew. She said that they are “responsible to maintain safe decibels at all times during their events” and the gondola was just a “sound conductor” that made everything worse.
In addition to Beiber, Betts is suing Island Def Jam, the arena and the concert promoter for “loss of quality of life and permanent disability and impairment to both of my ears.”
She is seeking $9.23 million in damages. Bieber has not commented on the suit.