Stage collapse halts Justin/Christina tour. Three stagehands are hurt during the second collapse in three years at Atlantic City stage

By Gary Susman
Updated August 11, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Justin Timberlake: Tom Sandler/Getty Images/NewsCom

Christina Aguilera may be ”Beautiful” in every single way, but her attempt to appear on the Miss America stage ended in disaster. She and Justin Timberlake were scheduled to perform Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, the Atlantic City stop on their ”Justified & Stripped” tour, but a collapse of a ceiling grid earlier that afternoon injured three stagehands and forced the show’s cancellation. Not only that, but the estimated $1 million in damage to the tour’s equipment has put the entire tour on hold.

The aluminum grid that buckled and fell was meant to hold lights, speakers, and video monitors. The singers were not present during the crash, but the falling rig caused minor injuries to three workers, the Associated Press reports. It was the second such collapse at the 75-year-old landmark auditorium in three years. In 2000, a similar accident occurred before the Miss America pageant, but no one was injured, and the show was not delayed. At press time, federal, New Jersey, and local officials were still investigating the cause of Saturday’s incident.

The equipment damage forced the cancellation of Monday’s show in Albany, N.Y., and left the rest of the tour’s schedule up in the air. Timberlake’s label, Jive Records, issued a statement Monday, saying: ”It’s undetermined at this time when the tour will resume. All attempts are being made to finish the tour and revisit postponed dates. Ticket holders for the postponed show are encouraged to hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored in the future.”