Billy Joel is sued
Billy Joel is sued--A concertgoer blames the piano man and his band for injuries sustained at show
Rock’s innocent man, Billy Joel, is being challenged. On Feb. 15, Tamara Cooper of Orange County, N.Y., filed a $5 million suit against the singer and his drummer Liberatori Devitto, among others, alleging she sustained injuries at a Joel concert in New Jersey last April. No raucous mosh pit here: Cooper claims she was ”struck by multiple drumsticks” resulting in ”severe and serious personal injuries” and possible ”loss of body function.” Huh? Cooper’s lawyer didn’t return calls; Joel’s had no comment; Devitto couldn’t be reached. Noted personal-injury lawyer Harvey Weitz calls the case dubious, unless Devitto was actually out for blood: ”A guy loses his stick — that’s inadvertent, not in the negligent sense.” Joel losing his piano, on the other hand, now that would be a lawsuit.