In 2012 at the Belasco Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, Skrillex took a stage dive into the crowd during his set. A stage dive that led to an unfortunate incident of him crash landing on a fan in the crowd below. That fan’s name is Jennifer Fraissl, who sustained injuries that later led to her having a stroke.
Skrillex is known for his unrelenting on-stage energy, often engaging with the crowd in various ways including jumping into the crowd and getting down to this own music. But this type of behavior can have consequences and for Skrillex, aka Sonny Moore, the consequences of his actions came in the form of a lawsuit.
Fraissl was standing at the front of the crowd near the rail when Skrillex called for the crowd to move forward so he could jump into it, but this made it impossible for Fraissl to move or protect herself from the DJ as he dove right on top of her. After recuperating from her injuries, Fraissl suffered a stroke. Then in 2014, she filed a lawsuit against Skrillex whose lawyers demanded she undergo a psychological evaluation as well as get a second opinion regarding the nature of her injuries.
After years of battling each other in court a jury finally made their decision. The jury stated that Skrillex and his touring company Lost Boys were responsible for 35 percent of Fraissl’s damages following the incident. Fraissl was awarded $4.5 million in damages. However, the jury always dictated that Fraissl was 15 percent responsible for the incident and decided she would only collect 85 percent of the $4.5 million. She was awarded a total of $3.4 million.
To this day Skrillex denies that he is the cause of Fraissl’s injuries and claims that a live video of the incident proves that he never landed on top her during his stage dive. Whether it’s true or not, you can be the judge, watch the video below and pass your own judgments.
This lawsuit raises questions about show attendee safety along with whether DJ’s should remain on stage. But accidents happen, it’s a risk we all take when going to live shows. However, when a DJ is able to mitigate some of that risk they should do everything in their power to do so. Stage diving into a crowd of thousands hardly seems like a great idea. Skrillex should have had better sense not to do it whether he was the cause of Fraissl’s injuries or not.