PORTLAND, OR—All those victims of Bieber Fever who have been following Betts v. Bieber on this blog can heave a sigh of relief. Stacey Wilson Betts, a 35-year-old Oregon woman who was seeking $9.23 million from the 18-year-old Canadian pop star for damages that she said he had caused to her hearing, withdrew her lawsuit last week.
In the suit, filed last July, the mother of five stated that during a 2010 concert in Portland that she attended with her daughter, Bieber provoked his fans to scream so loudly that she suffered permanent hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis. The suit also named Bieber’s promoters and the owner of the Rose Garden Arena, where the concert was held.
In court filings, Betts insisted that she still believes in the merits of her case. But, apparently she couldn’t find an attorney who shared that faith. For she told the U.S. Federal District Court in Portland that she had no lawyer and could not continue the suit without one. She added that she “does not wish to put any burden on this respected court’s time.”