Bieber Sued By Fan’s Mom

Justin Bieber’s hordes of screaming tweenage fans have gone from being merely annoying to downright dangerous, according to a $9.23 million lawsuit filed July 11 by the mother of one such fan, who claims she suffered extensive hearing damage at one of his concerts.

Stacey Wilson Betts filed suit in U.S. District Court in the Beaver State, saying that she suffered hearing damage caused by shrieking girls when she accompanied her daughter to a July 14, 2010 concert at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Ore.
The injury happened, Betts claims, when Bieber was hoisted above the screaming arena throng in a heart-shaped gondola, causing the decibel level to spike.

“Mr. Bieber created a wavelike effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena,” Betts describes in the complaint, “then 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.”

Betts seeks an award for “expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, severe tinnitus, hyperacusis and permanent disability and impairment to both of my ears,” along with the usual legal fees and associated court costs.

Also named in the suit are Island Def Jam, Vulcan Sports and Entertainment of Seattle, Wash., and AEG Worldwide.