A woman who sued Skrillex, alleging she was hurt — and days later suffered a stroke — after the DJ, record producer and musician leapt on top of her from a downtown Los Angeles stage in 2012, Wednesday downplayed video footage showing her smiling afterward.
Weeping at times, Jennifer Fraissl told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that she never expected Skrillex to jump into the crowd and that she was not a willing audience participant in the stunt. She said she was dancing to the music when the DJ suddenly jumped and that her expression reflected her demeanor before the leap, when she said she was having a good time.
“I was trying to enjoy the show,” Fraissl said. “How was I to know a significant event was about to happen to me?”
Fraissl, now 31, says she suffered a stroke 16 days after the Feb. 11, 2012, show at the Belasco Theatre. Fraissl, of Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County, sued Skrillex, whose real name is Sonny John Moore, and Lost Boys Touring Inc., in February 2014, alleging battery and negligence.
Fraissel told the jury that she was standing near the front of the crowd when Skrillex beckoned fans forward, making it hard for her to leave or protect herself. She said Skrillex unexpectedly jumped from his table several feet above the stage and landed on the back of her head.
In their court papers, attorneys for Skrillex and Lost Boys state that Fraissl was aware Skrillex, now 30, jumped from the stage during a Las Vegas show she attended and that she assumed the risk she could be injured when the DJ did the same thing at the Belasco.
Defense attorney Barry Thompson used video footage of his client’s leap to pinpoint for the jury how close Fraissl was to the stage and how she was grinning after he jumped into the crowd. But Fraissl said she was happy and having fun before the jump and that her expression should not be construed as her having approved it.
“The whole thing seemed to happen in seconds to me,” she said.
Fraissl said she had her hands up when Skrillex jumped, but cannot recall whether it was for self-protection or because she was dancing to the music moments earlier. But she said she had nowhere to go.
“He was coming straight for me,” Fraissl said.
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