An American woman has filed a lawsuit for $9.23 million against teenage sensation Justin Bieber, claiming his shrieking gig has left her deaf.
Stacey Wilson Betts says she was left with the ear condition tinnitus after she took her daughter to one of his gigs in Oregon two years ago.
She blames Bieber for whipping his fans into a frenzy during the show.
Betts complained that the 18-year-old’s noisy followers, known as “Beliebers”, hit her with a “sound blast”. Their screams “exceeded safe decibel levels” and have “caused hearing loss and severe tinnitus in both ears”,
She says he sang and played a guitar on a heart-shaped platform and baited the audience to scream louder.
Bieber, his record label, the concert promoter and the arena face the claim.
“Mr Bieber created a wave-like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena. Then he enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion, whereas I was struck with a sound blast,” said Betts.
She said the platform Bieber was sitting on “acted as a sound conductor creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both of my ears”.
As a result, she claims she now suffers from a constant pulsing, whooshing sound that makes it hard to sleep. She even suffers depression and increased levels of anxiety due to it.Bieber has declined to comment on the lawsuit.