Justin Bieber has won a legal fight against a woman who claimed her ear drums and hearing were severely damaged after attending one of his concerts.
In the lawsuit filed last summer by Stacey Betts, the Oregon mother was seeking $9.23 million in damages.
As one might expect, for these kind of damages a plaintiff needs to back their case up but — according to TMZ — last week Betts filed documents asking the court to dismiss her case.
Among the multiple allegations in her case, Betts claimed her hearing had been permanently damaged after she took her teenage daughter to Bieber’s concert on July 14, 2010.
In the lawsuit, Betts said:
“I was injured by a sound blast that exceeded safe decibel levels. I suffer hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis in both ears,” adding that Bieber’s crowd surf in a ” heart-shaped aluminum/steel gondola” incited his fans further.
As well as saying the gondola was like a “sound conductor creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both of my ears,” Betts claimed Bieber “created a wave like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena,” then “enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion.”
All of which … pretty much sounds like your average teen-idol concert.
As a result Betts claimed she was left with “hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis in both ears,” and that the symptoms caused her “anxiety, loss of sleep, and depression.”
Among those named in the suit were Bieber, his label Island Def Jam Music group, AEG Worldwide, and Vulcan Sports and Entertainment.
This latest legal victory represents a silver lining in a relatively troubled period of Bieber’s life.
The Canadian pop star is no longer with Selena Gomez and was recently pictured smoking weed. In addition, the 18-year-old is being sued by a former bodyguard, Moshe Benabou, who claims Bieber beat him up after a dispute over a member of the singer’s entourage.
The Daily Mail reports that in October 2012 Los Angeles prosecutors declined to proceed with charges against Bieber in a case that alleged the “Boyfriend” singer assaulted a photographer outside a movie theater near his home in Calabasas, Calif.
More recently, Bieber has called for “meaningful legislation” to reform paparazzi laws after a 29-year-old photographer died as he snapped Bieber’s white Ferrari (who was not in the vehicle at the time) when he was struck and killed by a passing car on Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, on January 1, The Guardian notes.