Rod Stewart sued again for football stunt at Las Vegas show

A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims a Clark County man was injured in 2017 when Rod Stewart threw a soccer ball into a crowd during his show on the Las Vegas Strip.

This is not the first time someone has made such an allegation in court. The Associated Press previously reported that a California man filed a lawsuit accusing Stewart of breaking his nose with a soccer ball during a 2012 show on the Strip.

Glen Garofano filed the new lawsuit in Clark County District Court. He alleges that on August 27, 2017, Garofano was knocked down and injured as other spectators tried to retrieve a soccer ball that Stewart kicked into the crowd during a show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Stewart and Caesars Palace are named defendants. Caesars Entertainment declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday. Attempts to reach Stewart failed.

Garofano suffered back, groin and leg injuries, and is still being treated, according to his attorney, Mitchell Posin. He seeks damages of more than $15,000 plus attorney’s fees.

“Stewart intentionally threw and/or kicked one or more footballs into the concert audience, knowing that said action had caused injury to multiple members of the concert audience in the past,” the complaint alleges.

The complaint cites at least two other instances where someone was injured at one of Stewart’s concerts by a soccer ball. The first injury mentioned in Garofano’s complaint occurred on July 5, 1989, when Patricia Boughton was injured by a soccer ball, causing her “permanent disfigurement”, according to the complaint.

Garofano claimed Stewart was sued by Boughton in 1991.

The new complaint also mentions a lawsuit filed by the Southern California man who claimed his nose was broken while performing at Stewart’s Caesars Palace in October 2012. The man, Mostafa Kashe, suffered injuries “serious,” including impaired sense of smell, Kashe’s lawyer told AP. in 2014.

According to Kashe’s complaint, Stewart was negligent in part because he had “significant experience in the sport of soccer and experience kicking soccer balls, having previously tried out for a professional soccer (soccer) team in UK”.

Kashe’s lawsuit was settled out of court, according to online records.

In November 2015, a New Jersey woman filed a lawsuit in district court alleging that Stewart threw autographed footballs into the crowd at a performance in Las Vegas on November 24, 2013.

According to the complaint, Nancy Voneilbergh was hit by another member of the public trying to grab a soccer ball, causing her to fall down a flight of stairs and hit a wall. She suffered “bodily injury, pain and suffering,” the complaint states.

Voneilbergh’s lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed, according to court records.

Posin likened the litigation surrounding Stewart’s use of soccer balls at concerts to parenting a small child throwing a ball around the house.

“He’s not going to break something every time, but he’s going to break things,” Posin said. “And if he keeps throwing the ball into the house and he keeps breaking things, there must be bigger consequences eventually.”

Contact Katelyn Newberg at [email protected] or 702-383-0240. To follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Review-Journal editors Alexis Egeland and Rio Lacanlale contributed to this report.