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Sony To Pay $160M After Two Deaths In 2017 Concert Shooting

Five years after two people were killed at a concert in Underground Atlanta, a jury decided that Sony is partially responsible for their deaths and should pay $160 million, reports 11Alive. The DeKalb County jury delivered its verdict on Dec. 15, saying Sony failed to protect concertgoers in the downtown Atlanta venue. A man, who police later identified as Jonathan Bautista, 25, allegedly fired shots into the crowd. Four people were hurt and two of them later died: 22-year-old Giovan Diaz and 21-year-old Ewell Ynoa. Investigators said Bautista entered Masquerade Club's "Hell" venue in the Kenny's Alley section of Underground Atlanta. It was during a Cousin Stizz set that Bautista fired shots after concert-goers climbed on stage.

Masquerade, Live Nation and RCA Records were sued after Ynoa's death. RCA Record label is a part of Sony Music. The Beasley Allen Law Firm filed its wrongful death lawsuit against the label and its parent company in June 2018. “This verdict represents an incredible day of justice for our clients and for the safety of all people that attend concerts across America,” said plaintiffs' lawyer Parker Miller.


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