PORTLAND -- A Wilsonville woman is suing Justin Beiber for more than $9 million claiming the pop star caused damage to her hearing at a concert in the Rose Garden in Portland.
Stacy Wilson Betts says she was at the Justin Beiber concert with her daughter when she suffered permanent hearing damage July 2010. Betts says Beiber hopped on a steel, heart-shaped gondola and
“Mr. Beiber created a wave like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena, then enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams… where as I was struck with a sound blast.
” She claims the gondola served as a ‘sound conductor creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both her ears.
An ear specialist told us how that concert could potentially cause permanent hearing loss.
“A heart shape gondola as a source of sound seems unlikely. You'd need engineers to recreate situation in order to verify whether or not it was the issue I think the more likely issue is you got a bunch of people shrieking at the top of their lungs,” OHSU hearing scientist Dr. William Martin said.
Betts is seeking reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.
In addition to the pop star and The Rose Garden, Betts is also suing the music label and concert promoter.
Betts and the label have not returned our calls for a comment.