New trial ordered in Radiohead stage collapse case

20th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

The new trial has been ordered in a court case surrounding a stage collapse at a Toronto Radiohead concert in 2012, which cost a drum technician his life.

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Scott Johnson died in the tragedy, which resulted in charges being filed against bosses at the concert promotion company Live Nation.

According to Rolling Stone, a mistrial was declared after judge Justice Shaun Nakatsuru was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court last year (16), meaning he no longer has the ability to preside over the case.

"It is with great regret that I have come to this decision," Nakatsuru said in a statement. "A lot of effort and resources have gone into this trial. We had nearly completed it. My appointment was unexpected and without notice. I know that the defendants have waited a long time for the final resolution of this case. So has the public.

"There are many compelling reasons why it would be in the best interests of justice for me to finish this. But I cannot."

The accident occurred at Downsview Park just before Radiohead were set to perform. Johnson, 33, lost his life, while three other workers were injured.

In 2013, charges were filed against those running Live Nation Canada on behalf of officials at the Ontario Ministry of Labour, who alleged the scaffolding company, Optex Staging and Services, and engineer Domenic Cugliari were responsible for the collapse by violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Live Nation representatives have refused to be held accountable, issuing a statement, fighting the claims. It read: "We absolutely maintain that Live Nation and our employees did everything possible to ensure the safety of anyone who was on or near the stage involved in the tragic incident that led to the unfortunate death of Mr. Scott Johnson."

Radiohead dedicated their 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool to Johnson.

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