Lawyer For Woman Allegedly Injured by Miguel at Billboard Awards Speaks Out
By Jeremy Blacklow
photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Not much was known about Ms. Shah before now, but we now know that she's a full-time foreign exchange student here from New Zealand, studying for a double degree in politics and philosophy at UCLA.
Yahoo! Music caught up with her attorney, Vip Bhola, to learn more about the status of her health situation.
We've reached out to representatives for both Miguel and the Billboard Music Awards, neither of which have issued comments regarding Mr. Bhola's claims at this time.
What's the status of your client, Khyati Shah's, health?
In terms of how Khyati's doing…she's a 4.0 student, so she has been doing well in school. She's got final exams this week and she's experiencing some memory loss, among other types of issues, and she's not going to be able to sit for her exams this week. So, we're concerned about that because it will obviously have an impact on her education right now and potentially her future.
She was supposed to return home to New Zealand at the end of the month — at the end of the semester — and she's not going to be able to. She's likely going to have to postpone that trip. So, that's putting tremendous pressure on her because she's got to find a place to stay once the semester's over, and she's not exactly sure how she's going to pay for that. So, it's a lot of stress and anxiety that she's not exactly prepared for.
Medical providers that she has seen already have told her that she needs to see a specialist, and that's what she's in the process of doing. She's seen general doctors so far, and she has been recommended now to see a specialized neurologist.
So there's been no formal diagnosis so far as to the status of her condition, is that correct?
That's correct. She's undergoing evaluations with a neurologist as well as testing at a hospital, as I understand it.
What's the status of the legal situation? Are you planning a lawsuit?
That really depends on, shall we say, "Team Miguel," and to use that term I'm encompassing Miguel, his attorneys, the production company and all of them. They're the ones who are going to determine if this is going to have to become a lawsuit or not. Khyati's desire would be to resolve this without any incident or without any formal proceedings. But I'm not getting that type of reciprocity from the other side.
For example, there have been reports in the media that Miguel was told by the production company during rehearsals that he couldn't do that jump and that he did it anyways. He was told it was something that would be a danger to people and he decided to do it notwithstanding that. I tried to confirm that with the production company and with their attorneys, and they're refusing to either confirm it or deny it, or give me any information. That's something that would be important in making that type of determination. But I'm not getting that sort of cooperation.
And when they take that sort of a posture of stonewalling somebody who's seeking information, it tends to force things towards a lawsuit. They're taking a position that, "We're not going to say anything unless we're in the context of a lawsuit," and it forces that issue. And Khyati and I are trying to avoid that.