(CN) – A fan of the Insane Clown Posse sued the hip-hop group and the organizers of a southern Illinois music festival in Federal Court for personal injury.
James Ford, a Delaware resident, says he was among dozens of fans invited onto stage during the Aug. 15, 2010, concert, dubbed as the “Gathering of the Juggalos” at Cave in Rock, Ill. Ford claims he suffered severe and permanent leg injuries after he fell into a modified trampoline on stage.
Ford seeks damages for his injuries in the Southern District of Illinois. He is represented by Jeffrey Deutschman of Deutschman & Associates in Chicago.
Psychopathic Records, Insane Clown Posse, Juggalo Gathering, Faygo Beverages and Hogrock Inc. are named as defendants. Faygo allegedly sponsored the event that brought Ford to stage.
ENTON — A fan of the Insane Clown Posse filed a lawsuit in federal court last week alleging he was injured at the 2010 Gathering of the Juggalos in rural Hardin County.
James Ford Jr. of Delaware claims he suffered permanent injuries during a gathering promotion called “Faygo Armageddon,” ac-cording to the suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Benton.
Ford was among 60 to 75 audience members allowed on the stage during the Armageddon promotion to “assist the lead singer of Insane Clown Posse in shooting Faygo beverages into the crowd,” the lawsuit alleges.
While onstage, Ford fell back against sheet metal used on a modified trampoline, causing “his leg to sustain serious and perma-nent injury,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges negligence by the defendants: promoters Psychopathic Records Inc., Juggalo Gathering LLC, Insane Clown Posse LLC, Hogrock Inc., the Hardin County venue where the event is hosted, and Faygo Beverages Inc., which supplied Faygo beverages to the defendants and for use in Faygo Armageddon.
Ford is seeking in excess of $75,000 plus costs associated with the suit.
Attempts to reach defendants for comment on the lawsuit were unsuccessful.
The multi-day gathering draws thousands of fans to the region but is not without controversy: Three concertgoers have died at or near the festival since the event moved to Hardin County in 2007.
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