Reba McEntire at Center of Lawsuits Over Injured Concert Worker
Reba McEntire has found herself as the defendant in a messy legal battle from an incident that occurred back in October of 2011.
The plaintiff, Ronald G. St. Clair, claims in court documents that while he was working on the stage of West Virginia's Big Sandy Superstore Arena, in advance of a McEntire show, one of her crew members was trying to untangle a lighting truss and ceiling light fixture when the fixture fell and hit him on the head, causing severe injury.
According to the lawsuit, “As the lighting truss was being placed by Defendant John Doe using a mechanical lifting device, he dislodged the light fixture from the ceiling, causing it to fall approximately thirty-two feet, striking [St. Clair] about the head, neck and right shoulder before coming to rest on the floor of the arena.”
St. Clair is suing McEntire, her management company, concert promoter AEG and its subsidiaries, and "John Doe," the unnamed worker who allegedly caused the light to fall.
AEG say they are not liable, and have filed suit against McEntire and her management company, as well as the unnamed worker, claiming that she was contractually liable for any injuries caused by her employees. But McEntire maintains that it was not one of her employees that caused the unfortunate accident, and that, according to court papers, she is "completely without fault in this matter." She is further requesting that both suits be dismissed, and if there is a judgement, that AEG be held responsible, and not her company.
St. Clair is seeking an undisclosed amount of compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, impairment of earning capacity and loss of enjoyment of life.
See the court documents here.
The Oklahoma native isn't letting the lawsuit slow her down at all. She has a packed concert schedule over the next few months, including stops in New Mexico, Indiana and Pennsylvania. See all of her upcoming shows here.