Eminem Sued Over Tour Bus Accident
ST. LOUIS – A lawsuit was filed Thursday against Eminem (search), his bus driver and tour bus company seeking unspecified damages for a July accident involving seven vehicles in western Missouri.
The lawsuit was filed in St. Louis by Michigan truck driver Breck Wyngarden and his wife, Ascension "Tina" Wyngarden.
Along with Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, the suit names bus driver Charlie Dilligard and the tour bus company, Entertainment Coaches of America.
The accident happened July 13 about 25 miles east of Kansas City. Eminem was not on the bus, but seven people on the Anger Management Tour (search) were among 11 sent to the hospital. Also hospitalized were Tina Wyngarden, two motorcycle drivers and a motorcycle passenger.
Among those injured from the tour bus were the driver; Eminem's DJ Alan Maman, also known as Alchemist; and Stanley Benton, 26, a rapper who goes by the name Stat Quo and is considered one of Eminem's proteges.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the bus was westbound about 6 p.m., on its way to a tour stop in Denver after a stop in Chicago.
Attorney Jeff Lowe, who is representing the Wyngardens, claimed the tour bus swerved to avoid a collision, but struck the side of the tractor-trailer. The lawsuit said Breck Wyngarden suffered rib injuries, while his wife injured her head, neck and back.
Spokesmen for Eminem and Entertainment Coaches of America did not return phone messages Friday. There was no phone listing for Dilligard, of Suitland, Md.
Just last week, two of Eminem's relatives filed a lawsuit against him claiming he's trying to evict them from the home he had built for them. Jack and Betty Schmitt, his uncle and aunt, are seeking more than $350,000 and possession of the home.
The 32-year-old rap star recently canceled his European tour, citing exhaustion. His publicist has said he is undergoing treatment for dependency to sleep medication.