Australian singer/actor Rick Springfield has won big in a civil injury lawsuit after a New York jury cleared him of any wrongdoing at a concert in 2004.
Vicki Calcagno launched legal action against the Jessie’s Girl hitmaker in 2007 amid allegations she suffered “serious, disabling and permanent injuries” after Springfield allegedly fell on her during a gig at the New York State Fair in 2004.
A mistrial was declared in 2013, when a new witness emerged, and a retrial kicked off in New York Supreme Court earlier this week.
Springfield broke down in tears as he gave his testimony on Tuesday, accusing Calcagno’s lawyer, Kenneth Goldblatt, of manipulating the story.
Jurors also heard evidence from the new witness, fellow concert-goer Penny Anne Nolin, who revealed she had also been knocked down by Springfield at the same gig, but she confessed she had not been hurt in the incident and did not see Calcagno fall.
The jury began deliberations on Friday morning and took just an hour to decide Springfield was not liable for any damages.
Speaking after the ruling, Springfield told reporters: “I’m incredibly relieved. Results like this are positive for everybody…. There’s too many lawsuits in this country.
“It’s been pretty unbelievable. We could have settled very easily. But I will not do that, especially when I know I’m in the right. It sets a bad precedent.”