Steve Aoki has always been known for his wild antics. This includes throwing cake in crowds, spraying champagne, and notoriously jumping sometimes from multiple stories onto an inflatable raft in the crowd. More than anything, this is what his DJ sets have become most associated with. Others focus on wooing audiences with abilities behind the decks, but Aoki has always strived to throw carnival like sets wherever he goes.
Unfortunately in 2012, this all went too far when he performed at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. Footage from the video below shows Aoki jumping from the top of the stage, pummeling down what looks to be around 20-30 feet before landing on a raft in the audience. Everything went on fine for most, but this was not the case for Brittany Hickman.
The Midwest native living in Arizona was invited by her co-workers to see San Diego and attend a Steve Aoki show, but unfortunately it did not end the way she expected. She was knocked unconscious, fell to the floor and couldn't get up, and soon after was taken to the hospital. Others were knocked down also, but her injuries were much more severe.
She was in the hospital for three days, couldn't work for two months, and says her life has been changed so much by Aoki's "reckless actions." The doctors told Hickman that she could have been paralyzed, but fortunately this was not the case. The Hard Rock Hotel stated "we do not have any comment" when ABC Team 10 reached out to them. When they reached out to Aoki's people, they got this response:
"Thank you for your inquiry. As you know I am the attorney representing Mr. Aoki. This matter arises out of an incident which occurred at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, three years ago. In addition to Mr. Aoki, Ms. Hickman is also suing Hard Rock. Trial in this matter is scheduled for August 28, 2015 before Judge Pressman of the San Diego Superior Court. Because of the ongoing litigation and the pending trial date it would not be appropriate for us to respond to your inquiry at this time or permit an interview."
After three years of Hickman suffering pain, migraines, and the inability to perform certain activities, the case is finally being taken to trial. She wants more people to know her story and the pain Aoki caused her, and you can watch an interview along with the footage of the jump below.