Promoter Stuart Galbraith is accused of setting up fake Viagogo stalls
Ed Sheeran‘s promoter Stuart Galbraith is facing legal action from ticket resale site Viagogo for an alleged multi-million pound fraud.
Mr Galbraith, the head of Kilimanjaro Live, is accused of setting up fake Viagogo stalls at venues where Sheeran was scheduled to play.
At the stalls, fans with genuine tickets were allegedly told that their tickets were void and told to buy new ones and seek refunds from Viagogo.
The claim, filed in a German court, accuses Mr Galbraith of “confiscating thousands of genuine tickets at the gate, forcing fans to buy new tickets, and pocketing millions of pounds in duplicate sales.”
According to The Guardian, Mr Galbraith has said he is not aware of any legal proceedings.
The legal move by Viagogo comes only a week after it was announced that the ticket resale site faces its own High Court battle.
The Competition and Markets Authority (The CMA) confirmed the legal action after it was claimed that the site failed to comply with the new regulations.
It’s claimed that the company frequently failed to provide consumers with clear information about the tickets being sold – including the risk of being turned away from events because of ticket resale restrictions.
“Unfortunately, while other businesses have agreed to overhaul their sites to ensure they respect the law, Viagogo has not,” CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli stated.