50 Cent Concert Turns Violent, Man Sues Promoter & Security Guards
According to the Vancouver Sun, Clayton Baker of Abbotsford has filed suit against the Pacific National Exhibition and four security guards for negligence after being assaulted during a 50 Cent concert held at the Pacific Coliseum in late 2005. Baker is also suing the concert promoter, who he says is responsible for creating an atmosphere of hostility at the show because violent imagery used in promotional material attracted a violent audience to the December 3rd concert.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has long been the subject of controversy in Canada with many in the country accusing the rapper of promoting gun violence. The issue has raised such an alarm that lawmakers have considered banning the rapper from touring the country.
Baker's suit, which was filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, claims he was mistaken for another concertgoer and grabbed by four security guards, who threw him to the ground, pinning his arms and legs and intentionally stepped on his right hand before taking him out of the Pacific Coliseum by force.
Baker claims he suffered bruising on his face, a fracture to his hand, pain in his shoulders, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and been unable to work as a laborer since the attack. He is seeking unspecified damages for the injuries he received. So far the defendants named in the case have yet to respond to the allegations made in Baker's suit.