Miguel May Face Lawsuit From Fan He Landed on at the Billboard Music Awards
It was the gif of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards — when Miguel miscalculated a leap and landed on two helpless fans during his lively performance of his hit, “Adorn.”
Now it looks like the mishap may cost him. The woman who was on the receiving of Miguel’s leg, Khyati Shah, may have endured brain damage from the incident and is mulling over a lawsuit.
“Some of the difficulties she’s experiencing are cognitive in nature and lead to suspicion of a neurological head injury,” Shah’s lawyer, Vip Bhola, told TMZ.
Furthermore, Bhola claims that his client did not receive proper medical attention immediately following the accident. Though Shah was given an ice pack by organizers after the performance — which she held on her elbow while joining Miguel in backstage BMA interview — Bhola maintains that she should have been rushed to the hospital.
“Well, I think it’s kind of clear what happened. But I’m very happy to bring my new friend, Khyati; we just met. Unfortunately, we did not meet under the best circumstances, but I think we’re OK,” Miguel said with a smiling Shah at his side. “The crazy thing is, when you’re performing and you’re just kind of into it, you never know where it’s gonna go and where you’re gonna go with it, and how that might turn out. So this is one of the less-favorable moments.”
But the jump may not have been as spur-of-the-moment as Miguel suggested. According to TMZ, the R&B singer asked permission in advance to hop from the stage to the adjacent catwalk, but producers turned him down, determing the move would prove too dangerous.
Now weeks later after the May 19 broadcast, Shah is awaiting results from a neurologist before determining whether to take legal action against Miguel. It’s safe to say Miguel will think twice before his next on-stage stunt.