A woman is suing DJ Steve Aoki after claiming that he broke her neck during one of his infamous stage dives.
Aoki is renowned for his live show, which includes “raver rafting” in which he inflates a rubber dinghy and goes crowd surfing around the venue.
Apparently Brittney Hickman didn’t know this when she attended an Aoki show for the first time at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego in May 2012.
According to a report by ABC News 10, Hickman ended up caught under the raft in the crowd and when Aoki leapt into the audience from a rafter, he landed on top of her head and knocked her unconscious.
One look at the photo of the incident shows just how high Aoki was on this particular stage dive!
Hickman reportedly spent three days in the hospital with head trauma and is still recovering from the accident, with doctors adding she’s lucky not to be paralysed by the incident.
She’s now suing Aoki and the Hard Rock Hotel.
Hickman explained that she felt foggy and confused after the incident and said:
They released me back into the concert. At the point when I walked outside, that’s when I realised where I was.
After the pain got worse, Hickman went to the hospital for a CAT scan.
The doctor comes in and he says ‘don’t move.’ The medics come over and start to put a neck brace on me. And I remember thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ And the doctor said you broke your neck.
If I would have thrown my arms above my head or reached for something, I could have paralysed myself. I just want to be back to the way I was before.Advertisement
The trial is set for late August. This incident may make you think twice about stage diving during festival season this summer!