Approximately a year ago, The Weeknd was performing on his After Hours Til Dawn Tour. The tour, which began in July and concluded in early September, is now continuing internationally. However, an unfortunate incident occurred during The Weeknd’s concert at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
On August 14, 2022, a stagehand named Steve Genovese claimed he was run over by a forklift while working on The Weeknd’s complex stage setup. As a result, he is now suing Live Nation on five counts of civil liability, including negligence, negligent hiring, and gross negligence.
According to the complaint, as reported by Pitchfork, “While marking the floor for the stage dimensions, [Genovese] was run over by a forklift which was being operated by another worker on site. As a result, [he] suffered severe, excruciatingly painful, and permanently disabling injuries to his leg. The flesh and muscle were torn away from [his] leg and were detached from the bones.”
The complaint further states that the “Defendants had the knowledge, ability, and duty to prevent the severe and life-altering injuries inflicted on [Genovese]. Instead, [they] placed more value on their own financial gain than on the safety of the workers who helped put on The Weeknd concert.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Live Nation “failed and refused to provide qualified forklift drivers and adequate staff as agreed in their respective contracts.”