Pop singer Katy Perry has been named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by a former stagehand who needed a toe amputation after an accident backstage during a show in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Christina Fish alleges that she was hired by Katy Perry’s managers as a stagehand for the singer’s Prismatic World Tour in 2014. At one point during the Raleigh gig, Ms. Fish was asked to help move a wall. The sliding wall became jammed in the process of moving it. As Ms. Fish and others worked to free it, the wall jumped and rolled over her foot.
Ms. Fish contends that her shoe filled with blood but nobody offered her any help or medical attention beyond some ice. She alleges nobody involved in the production called an ambulance and that she had to call a friend for a ride to the hospital.
Although doctors treated her injury, Ms. Fish developed gangrene in the toe, and amputation was the only medical option left, but it was not immediate.
According to TMZ, Ms. Fish claims that “she suffered great emotional distress, because orthopedic doctors instructed her to keep her ‘dead toe’ on as long as possible before the eventual amputation. The lawsuit claims that Ms. Fish couldn’t use her right foot for months after the amputation, barring her from being able to engage in yoga and other activities she loves.
In addition to Katy Perry, Ms. Fish is suing the concert and entertainment-show promoter Live Nation and a number of stage production companies.