Harlem rap crew A$AP Mob is facing the repercussions of a concert gone awry as a stage manager has recently filed suit against the collective for injuries suffered during a brawl at the South by Southwest music festival in 2011. The stage manager, Anthony Montalbano, says A$AP Rocky's associates threw him to the ground and pummeled him on stage while he was trying to rescue audio equipment.
The suit, which was obtained by Courthouse News, names A$AP Mob, Sony Music Entertainment and Fader Media Network as defendants. The concert was a part of Fader's annual Fader Fort series.
Montalbano says he was asked by a Fader employee to retrieve audio equipment from the stage after the Mob began destroying it and screaming obscenities in a rage. Caught in the crossfire, he was "grabbed by the defendants and continuously punched in the face and head for several minutes and said defendants hit plaintiff in the head with a microphone," according to the lawsuit.
"Plaintiff was covered in blood and sustained serious and lasting injuries, including but not limited to an open scalp wound, concussion, abrasions, lacerations and pain in his head, neck, back, knees and ribs," it reads.
Montalbano was sent to a hospital emergency room, where he required 10 stitches to the head.
The suit argues that the defendants should have provided security given A$AP Mob's history of raucous and violent performances. The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for negligent hiring, emotional distress, assault and battery and negligence.
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