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Insane Clown Posse fan sues over injury

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BENTON — A fan of the Insane Clown Posse filed a lawsuit in federal court last week alleging he was injured at the 2010 Gathering of the Juggalos in rural Hardin County.

James Ford Jr. of Delaware claims he suffered permanent injuries during a gathering promotion called “Faygo Armageddon,” ac-cording to the suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Benton.

Ford was among 60 to 75 audience members allowed on the stage during the Armageddon promotion to “assist the lead singer of Insane Clown Posse in shooting Faygo beverages into the crowd,” the lawsuit alleges.

While onstage, Ford fell back against sheet metal used on a modified trampoline, causing “his leg to sustain serious and perma-nent injury,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges negligence by the defendants: promoters Psychopathic Records Inc., Juggalo Gathering LLC, Insane Clown Posse LLC, Hogrock Inc., the Hardin County venue where the event is hosted, and Faygo Beverages Inc., which supplied Faygo beverages to the defendants and for use in Faygo Armageddon.

Ford is seeking in excess of $75,000 plus costs associated with the suit.

Attempts to reach defendants for comment on the lawsuit were unsuccessful.

The multi-day gathering draws thousands of fans to the region but is not without controversy: Three concertgoers have died at or near the festival since the event moved to Hardin County in 2007.

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