Rock star Rick Springfield testifies in State Fair concert injury lawsuit
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:38:28 GMT —
80s rock star Rick Springfield has taken the stand in a lawsuit by a woman who says he injured her during a concert in 2004.
Springfield, known for the 1981 hit â??Jessieâ??s Girlâ??, was performing at the State Fairâ??s Chevy Court in 2004 when he allegedly slipped and hit a woman, causing her injuries. The woman, 43-year-old Vicki Calcagno of Liverpool, filed a civil suit in 2007 seeking damages as a result of the incident.
On the stand, Calcagno said Springfield stood on her folding chair at the concert and she has no memory of what happened for 10-30 minutes after the singer's rear end hit her head. One of the exhibits entered into evidence was a close up photo of Springfield's rear end that Calcagno says she took just moments before she was knocked out. On cross examination, Calcagno admitted she did not report any injuries to anyone at the state fair that night or for two days afterwards. She said she continued to take pictures of the concert after she regained consciousness.
Springfield also appeared in court Tuesday morning and testified about his memory of the concerts on August 28. Springfield said he had no idea there were any problems at the 2004 show until he was sued in 2007. He said his only memory of the shows was that the afternoon version was cut short by lightning. Springfield said in all the years he's been going into the audience to interact with fans, the only person he ever injured was himself.
Springfield was originally scheduled to play two shows that day, one at 4:00 p.m. and one at 8:00. The 4:00 show was cut short due to stormy weather, and Calcagno was allegedly injured at the 8:00 show.
The trial continues Wednesday in downtown Syracuse. You can follow Alex Dunbar's coverage from the courtroom on twitter @AlexDunbarNews