Va. man claims concert guards assaulted him

August 12, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Virginia man is accusing security guards at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia of beating and kicking him after he sneaked onto the property without a ticket during a concert last August.

Nathan Crouch of Arlington is suing Rouse Co., which owns the Merriweather property in Columbia, and the company that manages the facility.

A Rouse official declined to comment yesterday. An official with Merriweather said company officials will look into the matter.

Jean Parker, Merriweather's general manager, said, "We'll take the appropriate measures to investigate the incident."

In the lawsuit, Crouch says he didn't have a ticket to the Phish concert and jumped over a fence to gain entry to the concert area.

Crouch claims in his suit that several security guards accosted him and banged his chin on an asphalt pavement, causing eight of his teeth to break or crack. The guards then refused to offer medical assistance, Crouch's suit says.

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