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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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Carol    

Hello, you may have legal repercussions or just pay what him ask?? someone who can answer? I'm spanish and I not know the laws of USA

834 days ago
17.

Carol    

Hello, you may have legal repercussions or just pay what him ask?? someone who can answer?

834 days ago
18.

w    

Thats right Joey Mcintyre!!

834 days ago
19.

abstract.sunflower    

While I agree that there should have been signs and cones marking the manhole, this could no way be the fault of the bands. They're the performers; they have nothing to do with the set-up.

834 days ago
20.

SpitBall    

Look at all these cash strapped over-the-hill has-beens up there trying to look tough in their leather tights, be gottin their game faces on and all; but also sexy at the same time for the girlies. Ridiculous. BUT, when you consider that people will buy anything today, when the money is tight into the rubber Pillsbury Doughboy suit will always be an option.

834 days ago
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BSB4Life    

LOL TMZ you're really pathetic. NKOTBSB was a top grossing show and EVERYONE loved it. I'm sorry you're "journalists" couldn't go to a real school and feel threatened by 9 men who have worked their asses of. Oh and the gay jokes are so 90s grow up an find something more important to hate other than boy bands. Oh and this is not in any way their fault so the guy suing is a moron. Just like the people who work for TMZ...

834 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

No way can the stage guy sue the bands involved. It would be the responsibility of the venue to post a sign. What was a 30 foot drop hole there for anyway?

834 days ago
23.

DaveT    

Didn't know they toured last year, then again I just caught up on Lost, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

833 days ago
24.

MadCharles    

Wouldn't the guy hired to do the set up be responsible for safety first ?
He should sue himself.

833 days ago
25.

Hazel    

Umm why is he suing the guys? It's the stage crew responsible for doing that not the guys, just another greedy person trying to capitalise on someone else's success. TRY OPENING YOUR EYES WHEN U ARE WALKING & LOOK DOWN IT HELPS. BTW the tour was not painful it was awesome.

833 days ago
26.

Hazel    

I got scratched in the eye by a piece of confetti that fell down at the end of the concert maybe I should sue the guys & I can also sue Donnie Wahlberg as well as during the 1992 Australian tour he flicked his head & I copped some of his sweat in my eye. OH & I can sue BSB for 2 injuries as well, I was trying to take a pic of Howie & smacked the back of my head into a thick glass door at the hotel & got concussion & I also cut open my shin on s sign when someone pushed me out of the way. FFS see how trivial it it? I love the guys & would NEVER do anything like that.

833 days ago
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BetNKOTB1    

OMG This is the biggest crap Ive heard what a loser blaming the boys for him being clumsy all he wants is there money! NO NKTOBSB are not to blame here its not there fault someone wasn't watching his step. How dare that guy try and get there money now just because they have the money because of there tours doesn't mean he has to rip them off he must have had this all planned. The boys didn't do anything wrong and the public knows it and the insiders will know it too they will see that NKOTBSB ARE INNIOCENT and that the boys didnt do anything wrong and that they didn't do that to him, he just wasn't looking and watching his step he is doing it on purpose for there money!. How cruel these guys come back after 20yrs and some money greedy guy tries to ruin everything for them, you will not get away with it there is a god above and he will not let a liar and theif get away with it. What is wrong with money greedy people out there you don't get anywhere with un honest money! THIS IS WRONG AND NOT TRUE NKOTBSB ARE NOT TO BLAME!!!!!!!!!!!

832 days ago
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BetNKOTB1    

William Wesley Styron get a life! OMG This is the biggest crap Ive heard what a loser blaming the boys for him being clumsy all he wants is there money! NO NKTOBSB are not to blame here its not there fault someone wasn't watching his step. How dare that guy try and get there money now just because they have the money because of there tours doesn't mean he has to rip them off he must have had this all planned. The boys didn't do anything wrong and the public knows it and the insiders will know it too they will see that NKOTBSB ARE INNIOCENT and that the boys didnt do anything wrong and that they didn't do that to him, he just wasn't looking and watching his step he is doing it on purpose for there money!. How cruel these guys come back after 20yrs and some money greedy guy tries to ruin everything for them, you will not get away with it there is a god above and he will not let a liar and theif get away with it. What is wrong with money greedy people out there you don't get anywhere with un honest money! THIS IS WRONG AND NOT TRUE NKOTBSB ARE NOT TO BLAME!!!!!!!!!!! Don't mess with BH family dude!!!!

832 days ago
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Lisa    

If there were really no signs, he deserves the money, and if the venue doesn't have the money, then the insurance company for the bands will just have to pay up. F that. If he can really prove brain damage, then he might rack up that much in medical/rehab bills over the years.

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