Rod Stewart is known to be a huge soccer fan, and at his concerts he often kicks soccer balls out into the audience.
At a 1989 concert, a ball struck the hand of a woman in the audience, Patricia Boughton, who subsequently sued Stewart claiming the incident had permanently injured her middle finger.
Her husband later also filed suit, on the grounds that his wife’s hand injury had led to the breakup of their marriage. He explained, “If she hit that hand on something it was all over. To get into sexual activity, it was very difficult… It was like walking around trying not to break something.”
Stewart eventually settled the suit for $17,000, which was less than the Boughtons had been hoping for.
However, Stewart didn’t stop kicking balls at his concerts. And as UltimateClassicRock.com reports, the injuries continued. At a 2002 concert, a man suffered a broken little finger after shielding his face from one of Stewart’s balls. And another fan had his nose broken when it was hit by a soccer ball at a 2012 concert in Las Vegas.
In response to the lawsuits, Stewart has said that fans should know that his concerts are a “contact sport.”
The video below shows Stewart kicking soccer balls at a concert.