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Rick Springfield in injury case retrial; concertgoer says he bumped her during show

By Andrew V. Pestano
Musician, singer and songwriter Rick Springfield is fighting a lawsuit from a concertgoer who says he bumped into her with his backside during a show and knocked her unconscious. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/0a9b09791b47ac917b29b55c716b117f/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Musician, singer and songwriter Rick Springfield is fighting a lawsuit from a concertgoer who says he bumped into her with his backside during a show and knocked her unconscious. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Rick Springfield is back in court for a retrial of the injury lawsuit that claims he struck a concert-goer with his rear end while performing and knocked her unconscious.

Vicki Calcagno, 45, filed the lawsuit after a 2004 concert at the New York State Fair.

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Springfield, best known for his 1980s hit "Jessie's Girl" and his role on the TV soap "General Hospital," said he does not remember injuring anyone. Jury selection began Tuesday to decide if Springfield is liable or negligent. Springfield was present with his lawyer, but Caglano was absent.

The lawsuit, filed in 2007, claims the collision with Springfield caused "serious, disabling and permanent injuries.." Calcagno said the incident left her disoriented or unconscious for at least 10 minutes, but her lawyer said it may have been less.

State Supreme Court Justice Anthony Paris is overseeing the jury selection. He also declared the mistrial for the previous case in November 2013 because new witnesses came forward due to media attention.

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