A stage collapse before Radiohead’s last scheduled Toronto appearance in 2012 left the band’s drum technician Scott Johnson dead, and three others injured. Now after five years of trials and set backs, the legal battle seems to have come to an abrupt end.
This week, the judge presiding over the case ruled to stay charges against Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and Services, and engineer Domenic Cugliari for the deadly event.
Caribou, who was scheduled to open for Radiohead wrote on twitter:
(As someone who was standing behind this stage when it collapsed and would have been on it an hour later…) This is complete bullshit. https://t.co/l0xC0VY1K1
— Caribou (@caribouband) September 5, 2017
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke responded to Caribou’s tweet saying “words utterly fail me.’
words utterly fail me … https://t.co/6LetUfb2B3
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) September 6, 2017
Stayed charges mean the trial can technically be revived within the next year but is unlikely. Seeing as this process has already seen a mistrial, and now faces new time restrictions put in by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2016.
According to the Globe and Mail, Judge Ann Nelson wrote the following in her ruling.
“It is important to emphasize that timely justice is not just important to persons facing charges. It is also important to our society at large.” She added, “No doubt, this decision will be incomprehensible to Mr. Johnson’s family, who can justifiably complain that justice has not been done.”
Radiohead Image courtesy Henry Laurisch