After the fall, yesterday, far from full recovery: Dayana Costa, right, tearfully reads a statement to the press at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. AP photo.Back before a judge or jury may go “The Greatest Show in Court.” That’s what Feld Entertainment calls itself these days, gloating in the wake of its big Pay Day victory against animal rights groups that had smeared it for years with fraudulent Tim Rider testimony.
But now, the show may not be so happy about a return engagement to court, or look so well when four of the eight aerialists who performed a spectacular hair hanging stunt, still recovering from a fall on May 4, when the rigging from which they hung betrayed them, consider taking legal action for damages. The four have hired attorneys and are talking to Big Media.
Investigation of the rigging continues. Evidence so far suggests that, indeed, it was a critical component of the rigging that broke apart, leading to the shocking descent of all eight aerialists to the floor of an arena in Provedance, Rhode Island, wittinesed by 3,900 stunned spectators.
The entire incident, as previously speculated here, may be history making. When has an aerial apparatus of this complexity broken apart -- or simply collapsed to the ground? Luckily, nobody, from what we know, was seriously injured. But that story, too, is yet to be fully told.
Among major network reporting, this morning on CBS, one of the performers was quoted as saying she once dreamed of being “a star performer.”
Now, she just dreams of getting out of her wheel chair and walking again.
A sobering account, compared to earlier reports alluding to good recoveries for all.
Thanks to Don Covington, who contributed to this report.