Miguel practised his botched stagedive twice in rehearsal, according the singer’s representative.
TMZ reports sources connected to the Billboard Music Awards who claim that the show’s executive producer Don Mischer personally spoke to the singer after rehearsals and told him not to attempt the leap during the live programme.
However, Miguel’s spokesman has denied the claim. He said: “The reports claiming that Miguel was warned by producers not to jump are completely false.” The US gossip website reports that producers asked when he was going to attempt the jump to make sure cameras were in the right position to catch the action.
Earlier this week, a lawyer working on behalf of the woman that Miguel landed on during his ill-judged stagedive at the BMA awards said that his client could be brain damaged.
Khyati Shah’s lawyer Vip Bhola said: “Some of the difficulties she’s experiencing are cognitive in nature and lead to suspicion of a neurological head injury.” He went on to say that he and his client are awaiting a doctor’s analysis, the results of which should be delivered next week. They will then decide if they will take legal action against Miguel and Billboard.
The R&B singer was performing his track ‘Adorn’ live at the Las Vegas ceremony in May when he attempted to jump over the fans in front of him and onto a separate part of the stage.
Speaking to Billboard after the incident, Miguel was joined by Shah, who was holding an ice pack. Discussing the fall, Miguel said: “Well, I think it’s kind of clear what happened. But I’m very happy to bring my new friend, Khyati, we just met. Unfortunately we did not meet under the best circumstances, but I think we’re OK.” See below for video footage of the accident.