So, what do you do when you’re playing in front of a large crowd at a show in Ohio? If you’re former Pantera lead vocalist Phil Anselmo, you incite the crowd to attack an innocent fan.
Several years ago, David Edwards Sr. received an invitation to a Cincinnati suburb to enjoy a Superjoint show. Yet, instead of enjoying the concert alongside other fans, he instead received a beating at the hands of several crowd members.
But why did they attack Edwards? Apparently, former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and Hank Williams III incited them.
According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Edwards went down to the show at Bogart’s in Clifton, Ohio, on July 14th, 2015. He “requested Superjoint to stop talking and sing and otherwise had a dialogue with Superjoint.”
The lawsuit continues,
“In response to plaintiff’s request/dialogue, Superjoint, by and through Anselmo and Williams, incited the crowd to violence… resulting in Plaintiff being assaulted by numerous unidentified concertgoers, causing Plaintiff serious injury.”
Edwards filed three claims. In the first, he named A.P. Associates, Live Nation, and House of Blues. They allegedly owed Edwards “a duty of reasonable care to render Bogart’s premises as safe for invitees.” This included protecting him “against actions by Superjoint, Anselmo and Williams…” Since they failed to meet their duty of reasonable care, Edwards claims they are “therefore negligent.”
This negligence led Edwards to sustain “multiple physical injuries.” He’ll also have to receive future medical care as a result of his injuries. In the future, Edwards will suffer in the “physical and mental pain and suffering.” He also suffered and will suffer a “loss of enjoyment of life.”
He asked the court for damages in an amount exceeding $25,000.
In his second claim, Edwards named Superjoint, Anselmo, and Williams. He restated that they incited the crowd to attack him. Under law, these actions are subject to a civil lawsuit which includes costs, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees. As he suffered physical and mental damages, he asked the court for damages in an amount exceeding $25,000.
In his third claim, Edwards named security company Tenable Protective. They apparently owed him “a duty of reasonable care to provide adequate security/protective services.” As in the first claim, since Tenable Protective failed to stop the beating, they are also negligent. Repeating that he has suffered “and will suffer” physical and mental pain and suffering, Edwards also asked the court for $25,000 in damages.
So far, none of the parties named in the suit have issued any comments.