Radiohead Issue Statement on Toronto Stage Collapse Case: "We Are Appalled"
Published Sep 08, 2017Earlier this week, charges were stayed over a deadly Toronto stage collapse before a Radiohead concert in 2012. Following initial outage from frontman Thom Yorke and the father of drum tech Scott Johnson, who was killed in the collapse, the band have released an official statement.
In it, they denounce the judge's ruling and deem the decision "an insult," going on to express concern over the possibility of future accidents.
Radiohead's full statement reads:
We are appalled by the decision to stay the charges against Live Nation, Optex Staging and Domenic Cugliari. This is an insult to the memory of Scott Johnson, his parents and our crew.
It offers no consolation, closure or assurance that this kind of accident will not happen again.
On June 16, 2012, an outdoor stage at Downsview Park in Toronto collapsed shortly before Radiohead were slated to perform. Johnson, 33 at the time, was killed in the accident.
As previously reported, Justice Ann Nelson ruled on Tuesday (September 5) that the case had taken too long to be heard, thus violating the rights of the accused — Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari and contractor Optex Staging — to a timely trial. Recent revisions state that provincial court cases should be heard within 18 months, while Superior Court cases should be heard within 30 months; both of these limits have long been surpassed in this case.