Canadian rapper Belly has sued Coachella over a 2018 incident.
The musician filed the suit against the festival, festival organizer Goldenvoice and security company IPS over injuries from an attack at the annual festival.
Belly claims that around 25 security guards attacked him without cause while he watched his friend The Weeknd’s show documents obtained by TMZ state.
Belly had already performed that day and said he had all the credentials to be in that area. He was headed to the backstage VIP section when security grabbed, kicked, punched and choked him using “overly aggressive and hostile” tactics.
“The sickening and unprovoked brutal assault on Belly by Coachella security is disturbing on so many levels,” said Belly’s lawyer Ben Meiselas of Geragos & Geragos in a statement provided to Billboard. “We will hold all those involved accountable in court, and deliver justice for Belly, and make sure this lawsuit prevents other artists and fans from being victimized by this type of outrageous and violent behaviour.”
The lawsuit claims that the “Might Not” rapper was bruised, concussed and nearly unconscious. It also states that the attacked has left permanent physical and mental pain and trauma.
The amount of money Belly is suing for is not clear.