Fan Sues Hillary Duff Over DVD Crew at Concert
Author: CHRIS TRIBBEY
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.
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:
How are they going to present Exhibit A?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.