To the mom suing Justin Bieber: Newflash, lady. Concerts are loud. People are loud. When you toss Justin Bieber into the mix, things are going to get louder. Although I feel bad that her ears have been damaged, at some point you have to blame yourself for the situation. Because, like I said, concerts are loud, and if you’re old enough to file a lawsuit against a musician for something like this, then you should be old enough to know that concerts are loud.
According to the folks at E!, the woman filed the court documents on Wednesday, which state that she experienced damage to her ears after a sound blast (read: screaming girls and music) “exceeded safe decibel levels”. The damage includes hearing loss, severe tinnitus, and hyperacusis, all of which, apparently, amount to roughly $9.2 million. If my admittedly fuzzy math is correct, that would amount to $4.6 million per ear.
Stacey Wilson Betts, who attended the fateful concert in 2010, explained that “[Bieber] climbed into a heart shaped, aluminum/steel gondola and was pulled out over the crowd, [creating a ] wave like effect of screaming [that] enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion.” She blames this gross negligence on Bieber, the promoters, and the sound engineers.
Additionally, the woman is suing Def Jam, the concert promoter, and the arena for the permanent damage she suffered as a result of the “sound blast” that tore through her cranium. Not surprisingly, no one from Bieber’s camp has responded to the allegations.
For those who don’t understand the concept of earplugs, listen to this guy.