A court in Belize has ordered soca artiste Destra Garcia to pay just over US$8,000 after the court found that she personally injured a man – Fernando Oliva, while gyrating on him at a concert September 2015.
Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at “The Carnival Overload” concert.
Oliva claimed he was called on stage to dance with Destra, following the dance, a video showed him lying ground.
The court was told that Destra then said, “If you’s bad boy, I will treat you bad! Treat him bad?”
The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative.
According to court documents, Destra jumped on top of him in a move closer to wrestling than soca.
The court says Oliva was rushed to the hospital for emergency medical care right after leaving the stage.
After recovering, he sued the Destra for personal injury, and during a court appearance last week, the judge ruled that Destra should pay Oliva.
Lawyers successfully argued that Destra was negligent in her actions, leading to injury to the man.
The court granted a default judgment against Destra as she did not enter a defence and lawyers say they are now in talks with attorneys in Trinidad and Tobago to enforce the judgment in that jurisdiction.
Destra has the right to appeal the judgment in Belize.
The attorneys say they have sought the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago to serve her with the documents.
Destra, who departed Belize for Miami on Tuesday has promised to issue a statement through her attorney.