At a show in Charlotte, North Carolina, in July of 2016, Stefani encouraged some rowdiness in the audience. Supposedly, she told her fans to rush the stage. The lawsuit claims she said, “Just fill in anywhere you like! Who cares about your lawn chairs? You can get new ones!”
In the rush that followed, Lisa Keri Stricklin wound up breaking her leg and receiving “severe physical injuries.” Stricklin is suing both Gwen Stefani and concert promoter Live Nation for $75,000 each.
The lawsuit states that Stefani’s announcement “created a stampede rush of patrons from the lawn seating area through the reserved seating area… with people knocking over and breaching the security barricades… jumping over seats in the reserved seating area, and pouring in through the aisles….”
The statement continues, “During the stampede rush [Stricklin] was trampled by the rush of patrons and into a wall along the reserved seating area, causing her severe physical injuries, including but not limited to a broken tibia in one of her legs.”
Gwen Stefani’s reps haven’t commented on the litigation.