UPDATED: Paul van Dyk wins $12 million lawsuit over near-fatal stage fall
***UPDATE*** Paul van Dyk’s lawyers have reached out to us with a statement and advised that the case was in fact settled in arbitration, outside of the courts, and that Paul didn’t press any charges. ALDA’s contract for the event stipulated there needed to be safe stage design for all talents involved, and thus the breach of contract led to arbitration.
Trance fans watched in horror in February 2016 as longtime legend, Paul van Dyk, suddenly disappeared off the stage in what turned out to be a near-fatal fall at ASOT Utrecht. The event. produced by ALDA and Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance team, was immediately cancelled, with van Dyk being airlifted to a nearby hospital. Recovery was a long and arduous process, and sadly, doctors advised the DJ and producer that he’d never be fully recovered from the damage on his body he’d endured that night after falling 10 meters to the ground.
Fast-forward a few years later, and a lawsuit against ALDA has yielded a $12 million award for Paul on account of poor and unsafe stage design. The winnings also included damages for the physical and psychological pain endured since the accident.
Read our more in-depth interview with him on the fall here.