Eminem sued over tour bus accident (August 27 2005)


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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Eminem sued over tour bus accident

Michigan couple's lawsuit is only the latest legal trouble involving the Detroit rapper.

By Susan Whitall / The Detroit News

As if Eminem wasn't already keeping several boatloads of lawyers busy, according to an Associated Press report, there are going to be more billable hours for somebody, as yet another lawsuit was filed Thursday against the beleaguered Detroit rapper.

This suit, filed in St. Louis, involves the highway accident on July 13 that Eminem's Anger Management tour bus was involved in out in western Missouri.

The rapper wasn't on the bus, but his bus driver, Charlie Dilligard, and tour bus company, Entertainment Coaches of America, are being sued by a truck driver and his wife who were among the vehicles hit when the tour bus had a mishap on its way to a brief stop in Chicago, then a concert in Denver.

Truck driver Breck Wyngarden and his wife, Ascension "Tina" Wyngarden, are both Michigan residents.

Of the 11 people sent to the hospital by the accident, seven were from Eminem's Anger Management 3 Tour, including the bus driver; DJ Alan Maman, also known as Alchemist, and rapper Stat Quo (real name, Stanley Benton).

According to the Wyngarden's lawyer, the tour bus swerved to avoid a collision, then struck the side of the couple's tractor-trailer. Breck Wyngarden hurt his ribs, according to the attorney, and his wife suffered injuries to her head, neck and back.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of a world of trouble for the 32-year-old rap superstar this summer. First, Eminem had to shoot down reports that he's retiring, then, after some dodgy reviews of his Comerica Park concert, he canceled the European tour and checked himself into a hospital for dependence on sleeping pills.

And then there's the lawsuit filed in Macomb County by his aunt and uncle, Betty and Jack Schmitt, who charge that Eminem, after luring them to Michigan, is trying to evict them from a home he built for them. They're seeking $350,000 and possession of the home.

The Associated Press could not get any comment from Enimem's camp or Entertainment Coaches of America.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2005/events/0508/31.../D01-294535.htm