Gwen Stefani is being sued by one of her own fans after an incident at a North Carolina concert last year left her with leg injuries. Promoter Live Nation is also being sued.
The lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of Lisa Strickland who attended at the PNC Music Pavilion, an open-air amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 26, 2016. The venue is operated by Live Nation.
Stefani is alleged to have told fans sitting on a lawn section at the back of the venue to move closer to the stage and saying: “Just fill in anywhere you like! Who cares about your lawn chairs? You can get new ones!”
Billboard reports that the lawsuit claims: "This announcement created a stampede rush of patrons from the lawn seating area through the reserved seating area and toward the front of the performance stage, with people knocking over and breaching the security barricades and other security matter, jumping over seats in the reserved seating area, and pouring in through the aisles separating the various sections of the reserved seating area".
The lawsuit says that it was during this rush that Stricklin "was trampled by the rush of patrons and [pushed] into a wall along the reserved seating area, causing her severe physical injuries.” This included a broken tibia.
Stefani is alleged to have told fans: "I got in so much trouble for telling you guys to come up here!"
Stricklin is seeking $75,000 in damages from both Live Nation and Stefani. She is suing Stefani for allegedly causing the stampede and Live Nation for failing to protect her.