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Mistrial declared in Springfield case

A Liverpool woman’s lawsuit against 80s rock icon Rick Springfield has been declared a mistrial.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A Liverpool woman’s lawsuit against 80s rock icon Rick Springfield has been declared a mistrial.

The plaintiff – Vicki Calcagno – claimed Springfield caused her ongoing pain and suffering when he went into the audience and fell into her while standing on her chair and a barrier during a concert at Chevy Court at the State Fair in 2004.

The lawsuit took nearly 10 years to reach the courtroom for a number of reasons – including a change of attorneys.

The day after the case began, Calcagno’s attorney told the judge that she had suffered heavy criticism on social media. One person, however, indicated that they had been at the concert and Springfield struck them too.

The lawyer said he wanted to reopen his case with new witnesses. The judge said he would grant that and give the defense 24 hours to review the new witnesses.

However, the defense said it would file for a mistrial if the judge allowed for the new witnesses.

The judge granted the mistrial, giving the lawyers 90 days to present new papers for their case.

Calcagno, 43, said in her lawsuit that Springfield struck her with his backside when he fell.

She said the collision caused her to become dazed.

She says neither State Police at the Fair, nor Springfield tried to help her.

In the lawsuit, Calcagno said she was hurt. She claimed the injuries caused her pain and suffering, as well as incurring medical expenses and leading to a loss of income.

Springfield became famous in the 1980s with hits including “Jessie’s Girl.”

He has also been in the cast of television daytime soap opera “General Hospital.”

80s rock icon Rick Springfield has flown into Syracuse – as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. (Jim Kearns, WSYR-TV)
80s rock icon Rick Springfield has flown into Syracuse – as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. (Jim Kearns, WSYR-TV)
80s rock icon Rick Springfield takes that stand during lawsuit with Liverpool woman

Updated at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19:


Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – 80s rock icon Rick Springfield has flown into Syracuse – as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit.

Springfield first testified in court in Syracuse on Tuesday.

The plaintiff claims Springfield caused her ongoing pain and suffering when he went into the audience and fell into her while standing on her chair and a barrier during a concert at Chevy Court at the State Fair in 2004.

The lawsuit took nearly 10 years to reach the courtroom for a number of reasons – including a change of attorneys.

Vicki Calcagno, 43, says that Springfield struck her with his backside when he fell.

She says the collision caused her to become dazed.

She says neither State Police at the Fair, nor Springfield tried to help her.

In the lawsuit, Calcagno said she was hurt. She claims the injuries have caused pain and suffering, as well as incurring medical expenses and leading to a loss of income.

A six-person jury will determine whether Springfield is liable.

The civil trial is conducted in two phases. If Springfield is found guilty, a session will be held to determine damages.

Springfield became famous in the 1980s with hits including “Jessie’s Girl.”

He has also been in the cast of television daytime soap opera “General Hospital.”

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