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Backstreet Boys & NKOTB

Stagehand SUES Over

Dangerous Man Hole

7/13/2012 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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You're not the only one who thought last year's Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block tour was painful -- a stagehand claims he was nearly killed before a concert ... after falling through a hole ... and now, he's suing the bands.

William Wesley Styron filed the lawsuit in Tennessee, claiming he was hired to set up for the boy bands' show at Fedex Forum in Memphis on June 20th, 2011.

According to the lawsuit, Styron was going about his duties when he accidentally stepped into a hole in the stage ... and plummeted 13 feet to the ground ... fracturing his skull and causing "traumatic brain injury."

Styron claims he suffered a "loss of consciousness, seizures, and convulsions" during the accident before someone called 911 -- and he was rushed to the hospital.

According to the suit, it all could have been avoided -- but there was nothing in place to warn Styron about the stage's hazardous conditions ... no signs ... no cones ... nothing.

Styron says the accident cost him tons in medical bills -- and now he wants at least $5 MILLION.

NKOTBSB has already denied the allegations -- claiming the accident was Styron's fault for not looking where he was going.

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ForTheLulz    

FIRST!!!!

782 days ago
2.

Majestik    

Right and DUMBARSE, here's my problem. If you are worldly and have worked on other tour shows you know that the actually bands have NOTHING to do with the setup of the stage show, that's handled by the Choreographers and the stage hands. Both these bands learn, behind the scenes when learning their moves where to go because EVERYONE ELSE has set up the stage. This guy can't get SQUAT out of the bands, he has to sue the behind scenes of the tour....Thanks TMZ, whenever you post CRAPTASTIC CRAPOLA OF THE HIGHEST CRAPORDER, I'm freakin' smart enough to know even though you say this "STAGE HAND" is suing the band, NOPE, NOT EVEN CLOSE. Nice try though....

782 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Backstreet Boys? Manhole? I'll leave this one alone.

782 days ago
4.

LCS27    

Bunch of thirties unempolyed men

782 days ago
5.

The Cruz    

9 of the SEXIEST MEN IN THE WORLD CRAIG !!

782 days ago
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Max Smart    

The bands or at least the company that hired him is going to have to settle this one. There has to be some sort of work cover insurance in place to cover work place accidents.

782 days ago
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crydelight    

Do you guys always have to be such haters with the back handed comments. That was a top grossing show I'm just saying... and that man could rake up that much in medical bills and damages in his life time much less during that tour. Really???

782 days ago
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JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

A dangerous manhole, was Barney Frank in the area? He's a dangerous Manho, oh manhole... well he still qualifies, he loves manholes.

782 days ago
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Fat Mike    

Why are they suing over Harvey? Sorry, only read the headline

782 days ago
10.

doc9    

These guys needed that last million(s) to survive. The last million(s) for cocaine,prostitutes & patron. How embarrassing 30 plus still trying for the good old days. STOP! ITS OVER.

782 days ago
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April    

So he's trying to sue the bands? How is this the band's fault? It's not. He should've been watching where he was going. People are too "sue happy" these days. I feel bad for the guy's pain & suffering, but blaming someone else for his mistake isn't right. Stages are dangerous, it's his job to be careful and know that accordingly.

782 days ago
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Susan62509    

That on the job accident would involve O.S.H.A. and O.S.H.A. is the one who determines who is at fault.

782 days ago
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jimi    

man hole.... lol.... that works on so many levels

782 days ago
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Anonymous    

"NKOTBSB has already denied the allegations -- claiming the accident was Styron's fault for not looking where he was going."
This statement is not good for them. It is an admission.
He does not really have to be looking, you can't have dangerous holes in a stage without having some kind of significant warning signs around it. That IS liability. The only question is how badly was he really hurt, because as we all know, no one EVER exaggerates their injuries in a lawsuit. :)

782 days ago
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InsaneClownPosseChaos    

Show Me The Money, Pay Me The Money, Wheel Me Out To The Closest Suds & Knockers Strip Club Please.

782 days ago
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