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Drake sued by woman who “sustained a traumatic brain injury” at his MSG show

Boi-1da with Drake at Mad Decent Block Party 2016 - Sunday
Drake at Mad Decent Block Party in 2016 (more by Patrick Tabb)

A 24-year-old Staten Island woman, Amanda Giovacco, has filed a lawsuit against Drake, Madison Square Garden, Live Nation, and an employee named Joseph Picco, reports The Blast and Page Six. According to court documents, Giovacco claims to have “sustained a traumatic brain injury and seizures,” which are “preventing her from attending medical school,” after being hit by a beer bottle at the show, which happened at MSG on August 8, 2016. “Amanda Giovacco, was violently struck by a beer bottle that was thrown while attending the Drake concert, was maliciously and without just cause provocation, subjected to a battery,” the documents read.

Furthermore, the court papers allege that Drake, Live Nation, and the venue improperly served “excessive amounts of alcohol” in an overcrowded venue, in glass bottles instead of plastic cups, and provided inadequate security to curb “aggressive and/or violent behavior at the concert,” while “they knew Drake has a history of violence at his concerts.”

Joseph Napoli, Giovacco’s lawyer, said, “Madison Square Garden, the promoter and Drake should have prevented bottles from coming in or circulating within the building and being thrown at a concert.” He continued, saying that following the alleged brain injury, “her future is now precarious.”

An MSG spokesperson said, “the lawsuit was filed this morning and we are looking into the matter. The safety and security of our guests is our highest priority.”

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