A pair of fans who waited outside for seven hours to attend “The Mrs. Carter Show” concert in Chicago last December have now filed a lawsuit against Beyonce, Live Nation and Chicago’s United Center, claiming they suffered broken bones after being trampled on the way into the arena.
via CBS Chicago
Two women staked out the United Center for several hours with the hopes of being at the foot of the stage during Beyonce’s performance last December. But instead of being up close for the concert, the two were [allegedly] trampled by a “rushing mob,” knocking them both unconscious and leaving them both with broken bones and other injuries, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Raquel Castellanos and Gabriella Davidson, both “long-time fans of Beyonce,” filed the suit against The United Center, Live Nation Entertainment and Beyonce. Castellanos and Davidson allege that each contributed to the formation of a large, raucous and confused crowd that gathered outside the United Center before Beyonce’s performance.
Prior to the concert on Dec. 13, 2013, the two women bought general admission tickets, which would allow them to stand in the area immediately in front of the stage. To ensure they had as close a view as possible, the two arrived at The United Center several hours before gates opened to concertgoers, the suit stated.
“As the hours passed, the group became larger, more dense and more anxious about how, when and where the gate(s) would be released and where ticket holders and fans were supposed to enter The United Center — none of which was explained,” the suit stated.
Around 7 p.m., personnel at The United Center opened the penned area’s gates “without instruction or any reasonable system to permit and orderly entrance,” the suit stated.
The women allege that The United Center, Live Nation and Beyonce did nothing to prevent or discourage the teeming crowd from rushing, pushing and running towards The United Center once the gate was opened.
Eventually, two Chicago police officers also aided Castellanos and Davidson and they were taken to a hospital by the Chicago Fire Department.
Although it’s a little crazy to blame an artist for how their crazed fans behave before they even hit the stage, it sounds like these women just might be in for a pretty big pay day.
Do you think Beyonce is partly responsible if the girls really were injured from the pre-concert trampling?