Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa Sued Over Concert Railing Collapse
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are facing a lawsuit stemming from a railing collapse that occurred during the rappers' joint August 5th concert in Camden, New Jersey. Lawyers representing 17 people injured from the incident filed the suit Wednesday in a Philadelphia court against the performers and the owner of venue BB&T Pavilion, The Associated Press reports.
The lawsuit blames the accident on lack of proper precautions to ensure the safety of concertgoers. While the complaint doesn't specify damages, attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi said his clients are seeking monetary compensation. The 17 plaintiffs include 14 concert attendees and three workers – one of which the attorneys say suffered a fractured spine.
During the concert, 50 people fell 10 feet onto a concrete pathway – injuring 42 in total – after a security barrier separating the lawn section from the seating area broke loose. The collapse occurred due to pressure from fans surging forward to see the rappers on a secondary stage. After Snoop Dogg and Khalifa were ushered off the stage, the concert was canceled.
Lawyers say their clients were trampled and pinned to the ground, causing a variety of ailments – including broken bones, loss of consciousness and emotional trauma.
"The safety of patrons at concerts must always be paramount," Mongeluzzi said in a statement to Rolling Stone. "The failure of this railing at the concert venue was caused by a failure in planning and execution. A second stage was located beneath a lawn area with no seat or aisles, leading to crowd surge when Snopp Dogg screamed, 'Everybody in the motherfucking lawn, bring your ass down here.'"
Mongeluzzi added that the lawsuit contends two primary factors he claimed led to the collapse: "a dangerous location of the second stage beneath the uncontrolled lawn area with no barricades controlling crowd flow" and "the artist screaming for fans to surge to the area, which they did."
Reps for Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa did not immediately return requests for comment.
Live Nation, which operates the BB&T Pavilion, reportedly announced after the event that it had "secured" the collapsed section of railing. In a statement, the company said it was consulting with authorities and structural engineers to determine what caused the collapse.
Snoop and Khalifa's "The High Road Tour" continues Wednesday, August 24th in Phoenix and concludes September 2nd in Auburn, Washington.