Shavo Odadjian claims employees assaulted him during a joint headlining gig with Slipknot...

System Of A Down

bassist SHAVO ODADJIAN has filed a lawsuit against a security company, claiming that employees assaulted him during a joint headlining gig with SLIPKNOT..

Odadjian, 28, says that the guards, working for DuHadway Kendall (DK>) Security, elbowed him in the face and dragged him out of the Van Andel Arena when he attempted to go backstage with two girls at the concert on October 20, 2001.

In the lawsuit filed at the Kent County Circuit jail, the Armenian-American claims that he was also the victim of ethnic intimidation, as well as assault and humiliation.

According to reports on, Odadjian’s attorney Robert Sosin said: ‘At least three security guards were involved in one way or another in injuring him.” Sosin, however, did not wish to elaborate on the charges of ethnic intimidation.

The DK personnel allegedly refused to accept Odadjian and his companions’ backstage credentials, blocked his entrance, elbowed his face and bloodied his nose. The lawsuit also describes how he was lifted up by his hands and feet and thrown out of the venue’s front door.

The defendants have been named as DK’s Brian Zylstra, Mark Stoken and Charles Booth.

DK Security’s attorney Brian Vincent told the Grand Rapids Express that the company denies that its employees did anything wrong. He said: “I’ve been in on the investigation since the beginning and we have found no evidence to support the plaintiff’s claims.”

Odadjian claims that he suffered “serious personal injuries and damages including his face, nose, eye, shoulder, back: and he was caused to suffer pain and bleeding in his nose for long periods of time.”

The guards say that Slipknot, who were playing at the time of the incident, had instructed that no one should be allowed backstage during their performance because they were using fireworks.

The bass player is seeking “unspecified monetary damages” but Sosin said, “more importantly, his case sends a message that he was treated violently and inappropriately.”