As a longstanding tradition of live music, the days of stage diving may be over. Or at least artists will think twice before plunging head first into the crowd. In a hard fought lawsuit brought against Skrillex back in 2012, a jury of the people has finally reached its ruling.
The jury awarded the defendant, Jennifer Fraissl, a total of $4.5 million in compensation for a stage diving incident that occurred at The Belasco in Los Angeles. The court did place 15% of the responsibility for the incident on Fraissal’s shoulders, so her damages were reduced to ~$3.8 million. Of that sum, Skrillex must pay $1.8M out of pocket (for 35% responsibility), with $1.6 million coming from Skrillex’s touring company Lost Boys, and $450,000 from LA’s The Belasco.
“There is nothing more important to me than my fans and their safety at my shows,” Skrillex said in a statement following the ruling. “I want them to have fun and enjoy the music. While I’m disappointed by the jury’s decision, I’m glad this process is over. I look forward to getting back to work and delivering new music to my fans.”
The plaintiff’s claim was that Fraissal was unable to avoid the Sonny Moore’s stage dive, which resulted in an injury that would cause her a stroke 16 days later. Watch a video of the incident below.