Woman Sues Steve Aoki For Breaking Her Neck With His Pool Raft

19 May 2015 | 11:04 am | Staff Writer

He'll head to court in August

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Serial crowdsurfer and cake-thrower Steve Aoki has found himself facing a lawsuit, now that a woman who broke her neck at a 2012 show is heading to trial to sue the EDM star, and the venue she was at, for breaking her neck.

The Michigan woman, Brittany Hickman, was at Steve Aoki's show at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Diego in May 2012, where she alleges Aoki jumped off and landed on her with his pool raft (which he uses to surf the crowd with) and consequently broke her neck and damaged her ankle. 

Speaking out to ABC 10 News, Hickman says, "He threw a pool raft into the crowd and climbed up the scaffolding to the top of the make-shift stage and then he jumped off of the stage into the pool raft.

"I was trapped underneath the pool raft because they threw it out right where I was standing. My friends told me he landed on top of the pool raft, hit me on top of the head and I got knocked over."

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Hickman says she came to when a Hard Rock staff member was wrapping her ankle up, and was told at the hospital after a CAT scan that her neck was broken.

Hickman's attorney, Jeremiah Lowe, made a statement saying, "Don't trust that just because you're paying for a ticket to a show that you're going to be protected by the venue or the performer," while Aoki's attorney, Peter Doodey, stated because of "the ongoing litigation and the pending trial date it would not be appropriate for us to respond".

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego has declined to comment on the matter.

The case will go to court on August 28, 2015 at the San Diego Superior Court.