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Bieber ‘Belieber’ mom sues Bieber concert contractors– say that three times fast!

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Moms of screaming teenyboppers know all too well how dangerous Justin Bieber is. Some moms may enjoy his particular brand of boy band pop, but for most he represents a spoiled brat who would very quickly take advantage of your daughter and his music makes your ears bleed.

For one assumed-mom Bieber danger ran much deeper.

Tamyra Vanlandingham was attending a Justin Bieber concert on August 8, 2013, at Amalie Arena (then Tampa Bay Times Forum) when she was reportedly struck by a “long metal chain” she assumed was used to hang “speakers, lighting and pyrotechnics.

The lawsuit alleges the chain came loose from its hoist and chain bag and then fell on her. Vanlandingham alleges the injuries sustained were “serious and permanent.”

She’s now seeking damages not from Justin Bieber, but instead the concert’s touring company, BT Touring, a rigging and equipment installation company, SGPS and Claire Bros., a provider and installer of state equipment.

John Popper, singer and harmonica player for the band Blues Traveler, is the CEO of BT Touring.

The lawsuit doesn’t stipulate whether Vanlandingham was chaperoning a young Bieber fan at the concert, but a Brianna Vanlandingham is listed along with Tamyra in a newsletter listing of new members of St. Stephen Catholic Church. A Brianna Vanlandingham has a LinkdIn bio that lists herself as a “Belieber” and a member of the official Justin Bieber fan community.

The exact amount requested as relief in the lawsuit is not specified.

However, for those non-“Beliebers” it would seem she should pay them for potentially rendering her unable to hear the remainder of Beiber’s surely spectacular performance.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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