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Women trampled before concert sue Beyoncé, United Center, Live Nation
Two women staked out the United Center for several hours with the hopes of being at the foot of the stage during Beyoncé’s performance last December. But instead of being up close for the concert, the two were trampled by a “rushing mob,” knocking them both unconscious and leaving them both with broken bones and other injuries, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Raquel Castellanos and Gabriella Davidson, both “long-time fans of Beyoncé,” filed the suit against The United Center, Live Nation Entertainment and Beyoncé. Castellanos and Davidson allege that each contributed to the formation of a large, raucous and confused crowd that gathered outside the United Center before Beyoncé’s performance.
Prior to the concert on Dec. 13, 2013, the two women bought general admission tickets, which would allow them to stand in the area immediately in front of the stage. To ensure they had as close a view as possible, the two arrived at The United Center several hours before gates opened to concertgoers, the suit stated.
Hours before the concert, general admission ticket holders and early admission ticket holders assembled in two gated areas near the area closest to the southeast corner of The United Center, the suit stated.
“As the hours passed, the group became larger, more dense and more anxious about how, when and where the gate(s) would be released and where ticket holders and fans were supposed to enter The United Center — none of which was explained,” the suit stated.
Castellanos and Davidson became concerned as the crowd grew and were “increasingly anxious” about how to react to a crowd rush since they were near the front, the suit stated.
Around 7 p.m., personnel at The United Center opened the penned area’s gates “without instruction or any reasonable system to permit an orderly entrance,” the suit stated.
The women allege that The United Center, Live Nation and Beyoncé did nothing to prevent or discourage the teeming crowd from rushing, pushing and running towards The United Center once the gate was opened.
“To the contrary, The United Center encouraged it by the set up which it created and controlled,” the suit stated.
After the two were trampled, Castellanos and Davidson were helped by two other women whom they believe to be fellow concertgoers. Eventually, two Chicago police officers also aided Castellanos and Davidson and they were taken to a hospital by the Chicago Fire Department.
A spokeswoman for Live Nation did not immediately comment on the suit, and representatives for Beyoncé and the United Center could not be reached Tuesday evening.
The six-count suit alleges negligence on the part of The United Center, Live Nation and Beyoncé. Castellanos and Davidson are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.