According to Stricklin, though, that proved dangerous. In her legal documents, obtained by TMZ, she claims Stefani urged those ticketholders to move forward into the reserved seating areas. The singer is quoted as saying, “Just fill in anywhere you like! Who cares about your lawn chairs? You can get new ones!” Consequently, Stricklin claims fans started a chaotic stampede, during which her leg was broken.
She further alleges Stefani later acknowledged it was a mistake to encourage attendees to move closer, supposedly saying, “I got in so much trouble for telling you guys to come up here!” The woman maintains her medical treatment included surgery, and now she wants Stefani and Live Nation, which owns the PNC Music Pavilion, to pay her associated bills. She is suing on grounds of negligence, and is also seeking punitive damages.
Gossip Cop reached out to Stefani’s camp for comment on the lawsuit, while a rep for Live Nation tells us, “We don’t comment on pending or ongoing litigation.” The “This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour,” titled after the album of the same name, ran from July 12, 2016 through October 16, 2016.
Many dates were not sold out, which could be why Stefani suggested fans in the back move closer to the front. Boyfriend Blake Shelton appeared at a couple of the shows to perform their duet, “Go Ahead And Break My Heart,” but did not take the stage at this particular concert.