EDM DJ Steve Aoki is being sued for allegedly breaking the neck of an audience member during a concert at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego during 2012.
The electronic musician, well-known for his wild stage antics, jumped 20 feet from a platform into the crowd, landing on an inflatable swimming pool lilo. Aoki then proceeded to crowdsurf while on the pool raft.
The alleged victim, Brittany Hickman, says she was knocked unconscious during the stunt. She told ABC 10 News, “I was trapped underneath the pool raft because they threw it out right where I was standing. My friends told me he landed on top of the pool raft, hit me on top of the head and I got knocked over.”
Hickman was carried out of the crowd by a security guard before being released back into the concert. Visiting her doctor on arriving home, Hickman says her broken neck was confirmed and that she was in hospital for three days, and couldn’t return to work for two months. “If I would have thrown my arms above my head or reached for something, I could have paralyzed myself,” she added.
Steve Aoki released a statement through his attorney Peter Doody, writing in response, “I would never want anyone to get hurt at any of my shows and feel badly that someone has, but at this time I have been advised by my attorneys to not speak about this as it’s going to trial. Thank you for your understanding.”
Hickman is suing both Aoki and the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. The case is set to go to trial on August 28. Watch a video of the incident below and see photos of the pool raft in question.
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