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    Hilary Duff sued by a Dad over DVD crew

    Fan Sues Hillary Duff Over DVD Crew at Concert

    Author: CHRIS TRIBBEY
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    Posted: September 19, 2007


    DVD film crews are commonplace at big concerts nowadays. Less common are lawsuits by fans because of them.

    A West Hollywood man is suing Hilary Duff for $220, the cost of two tickets to her Aug. 15 “Dignity” tour concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., claiming a DVD film crew constantly got in the way of his and his 9-year-old son’s view. The suit was filed at the Beverly Hills Courthouse Small Claims Division on Aug. 30, and a trial date of Oct. 22 has been set.

    “When kids go to a big concert for the first time, it’s so exciting for them,” said Andrew Rakos of his son Seth. “But they treated us so shabbily.”

    Rakos said there was no announcement of the film crew beforehand and pictures he took show cameramen directly in front of him and his son during the show.

    Rakos said he’s not suing Duff for monetary gain — the suit only asks for the cost of the front row center tickets, and the suit itself cost $50 to file — but he said he felt compelled to “teach [his] son a lesson about fairness.”

    “She could have avoided this with an autographed CD for my son,” Rakos said.

    A call to Duff’s management agency Boo Management had not been returned by press time.

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    Any filming onsite at an event there is always accompanied by signage outside the venue and inside as well.
    Also the following is posted onsite and on their website:

    general rules
    No Bottles, Cans, Coolers
    No Baskets, Cameras, or Recording Devices
    Gibson Amphitheatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking outside of the building is permitted.
    Everyone needs a ticket, even children.
    How are they going to present Exhibit A?
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    Re: Hilary Duff sued by a Dad over DVD crew

    A lot of venues have signs that say "no cameras" or even print that on the actual tickets. Yet people always find ways to sneak them in and sometimes security just doesn't care.

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    Re: Hilary Duff sued by a Dad over DVD crew

    He should get sued by Hilary for taking a camera in.


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    Re: Hilary Duff sued by a Dad over DVD crew

    A lot of times people who go to a movie and have the movie ruined by say.... a screaming baby all the way throught the movie will ask for their money returned because they couldn't fully enjoy the movie because of outside influences. To me this is no different. A film crew that probably had huge professional camera's stood in front of him and his son so that they could not fully enjoy the concert, and apparently (according to his story) there was no notice that a professional film crew would be filming the concert. All he's asking for is the price of his tickets returned to him, the fact that he may of had his own camera (which yes, was forbidden) is not relevent to the suit.

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    Re: Hilary Duff sued by a Dad over DVD crew

    Quote Originally Posted by penguinsoda View Post
    A film crew that probably had huge professional camera's stood in front of him and his son so that they could not fully enjoy the concert, and apparently (according to his story) there was no notice that a professional film crew would be filming the concert. All he's asking for is the price of his tickets returned to him, the fact that he may of had his own camera (which yes, was forbidden) is not relevent to the suit.

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    Again:
    Any filming onsite at an event there is always accompanied by signage outside the venue and inside as well.
    It's a union building, there are always posted signage for filmed events. This is to ensure that the venue, artists, their managements, sponsors and production companies are not sued down-the-road for likeness enfringements, etc.

    Taking photos that are expressly forbidden that are part of your proof wouldn't appear to be an ideal way of showing your supposed inconvenience.

    If he'd made any effort to solve the problem night-of by alerting an usher or venue staffer to their situation they probably could have been moved to other seats. There are always standby and emergency tickets to be had, held back by promoters and artist management.

    But this lawsuit seems like a nice way to meet Hilary and get a signed CD.
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