August 19, 2016


Steve Aoki Apologizes For Breaking Fan's Neck, Settles Lawsuit

Sonia Recchia/WireImage
Sonia Recchia/WireImage

EDM concerts are typically a fun experience, thanks to the neon-colored flashing lights and pounding synths that will immediately make you want to dance. But sometimes things can go very, very wrong. Last year, Steve Aoki was sued by a fan after she claimed the DJ broke her neck at a 2012 Hard Rock Cafe concert.

Now, according to Billboard, Aoki has apologized to the fan (named Brittany Hickman) and the two parties settled the lawsuit outside of court for an undisclosed amount before the trial began. “Steve would never want anyone to get hurt at one of his shows and is sorry Ms. Hickman did," Aoki's rep said in a statement.

"After they reached a confidential settlement, they had the chance to speak, and Steve got the chance to apologize. The favorable verdict for his co-defendant, Hard Rock Hotel, brings welcome closure to all parties," the rep continued.

Steve, who is known for his cake-throwing stunts at shows, reportedly threw a life raft into the crowd and climbed the stage rafters. His 20 feet jump led to Hickman's broken neck. She then filed the $10.7 million lawsuit and claimed the DJ and Hard Rock refused to pay her medical bills and or refund her for the two months she was unable to work.

Below, watch Steve Aoki discuss his Beat Bomb video game with us at E3: