The fall seen ’round the world at the 2013 Billboard Awards is getting even messier for Miguel and the show producers. Miguel’s ill-fated leg drop during a performance of “Adorn” reportedly left audience member Khyati Shah facing possible brain damage.
Shah’s lawyer announced that she has been suffering from “difficulties” that suggest “a neurological head injury.” If medical exams reveal significant brain damage, Shah’s lawyer is threatening to sue all relevant parties, which may include Billboard Awards producers. In fact, Shah’s lawyer seemed to place blame on producers for the fact that Shah didn’t immediately seek out medical attention; instead, she received an ice pack and did a backstage interview with Miguel.
In light of the impending suit, Billboard Music Awards producers announced that they warned Miguel not to jump which in turn prompted the singer’s representatives to refute their claim in an interview with TMZ. Miguel’s reps said BMA producers did not tell him to refrain from jumping and they even asked Miguel about the jump so their cameras could capture it. They also revealed Miguel practiced the jump twice and couldn’t sleep the night after the stunt injured Shah.
With BMA producers shuffling to avoid blame and the lawsuit developing, it’s unclear how this will all pan out. Regardless of the outcome, it sends a message to artists to think twice before incorporating potentially harmful stunts into their performances.