September 2006 Volume 28 Number 4
station didnít cause death of woman during promotional event involving Britney
Channel Broadcasting has escaped liability for the death of a woman who was
killed during a radio station publicity event. A disc jockey told listeners that
Britney Spears would be at Clear Channel station for an on-air interview.
Hundreds of people came to the station to see the performer, though in fact she
was never there. Instead, the DJ interviewed a Spears impersonator. When the
interview was over, and the impersonator was about to leave the station through
a side door, the crowd ran around the building to see her. The woman fell, hit
her head, and died. A New York appellate court held that neither the DJís
claim that Spears was at the station, nor the stationís failure to control the
crowd, caused the woman to fall. As a result, the appellate court ordered the
complete dismissal of her estateís lawsuit.
v. Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc.,
N.Y.App.Div.LEXIS 904 (App.Div.
2006), app.denied, 7
N.Y.LEXIS 1882 (N.Y. 2006)