Christina Grimmie’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the concert promoter and venue where the former “The Voice” contestant was murdered in June.
The lawsuit, filed in the 9th Judicial Circuit of Orange County, Florida, claims “wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress [which] arises from the shooting and tragic death of Christina Grimmie.”
The complaint lists Grimmie’s father Albert, mother Tina and brother Marcus as plaintiffs. The defendants are concert promoter AEG Live and The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation, which owns the Plaza Live Theater where Grimmie was killed. The outside security company hired by the venue is also named.
The suit claims that the defendants “failed to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of the performers and the attendees at the concert venue” the night of the attack.
“By only doing superficial bag checks with no body pat downs or the use of metal detectors to safeguard against concertgoers bringing weapons into the theater, Christina’s assailant was permitted to enter The Plaza Live Theater facility with two 9mm Glock handguns, two full magazines and a large hunting knife,” the complaint reads.
Grimmie, a YouTube sensation and contestant on Season 6 of “The Voice,” was shot on June 9 outside of the Plaza Live as she signed autographs for fans after a concert. Grimmie’s brother tackled the gunman, who shot and killed himself in the struggle.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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