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Oregon woman sues Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber at the Grammys

By FOX 12 Webstaff via CNN

WILSONVILLE, OR (KPTV) – An Oregon woman has filed a $9.2 million lawsuit against Justin Bieber, his concert promoter and the owner of the Rose Garden arena alleging she suffered hearing loss due to a “sound blast that exceeded safe decibel levels.”

Stacey Wilson Betts attended Bieber’s concert in Portland on July 14, 2010. She said her ears now pulsate and she hears a whooshing sound because of the sound blast.

Court documents from the lawsuit allege the blast happened as Bieber climbed into a heart-shaped, aluminum-steel gondola and was pulled out over the crowd.

“Bieber created a wave-like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena, then 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,” the lawsuit describes.

The complaint said the gondola Bieber was sitting in acted as a “sound conductor, creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both of my ears.”

Betts had taken her daughter to the concert. She said in court documents that her “quality of life has been permanently reduced” because of the injury.

Bieber’s record label has not issued a comment on the lawsuit.

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