Rocker And Actor Rick Springfield Managed To Cash In On His Victory In A Recent Civil Injury Lawsuit By Auctioning Off A Photo Exhibit Of His Backside For Charity.
The Jessie's Girl hitmaker was cleared of any wrongdoing in January (15) after gig-goer Vicki Calcagno sued for damages, claiming she suffered "serious, disabling and permanent injuries" in 2004 when the star allegedly fell on her butt-first as he crowdsurfed during a show at the New York State Fair.
The ruling emerged two years after a previous attempt to try the case ended in a mistrial.
Springfield opened up about the case during an appearance on U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night (29Jul15), when he jokingly referred to the legal dispute as "A**gate", quipping, "I work out, but it's not that hard!"
Recalling the "ridiculous" suit, he said, "I'm sitting in a court of law and her attorney's going, 'Mr. Springfield, do you recognise these buttocks?' He's (holding up) this big photo of my butt, that she'd taken to show how close she was. I said, 'Yeah, I believe they're mine.' He says, '(This photo is) Exhibit B', and it became an exhibit!"
Springfield was able to keep the photo evidence after the trial came to an end, and he decided to autograph it and sell it for his pal Linda Blair's Worldheart Foundation, which helps homeless dogs in need.
Springfield insists the lawsuit will not stop him from crowdsurfing at his shows in future.
He previously explained why he refused to settle the case, stating, "We could have settled very easily. But I will not do that, especially when I know I'm in the right. It sets a bad precedent."
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