At long last, we have some resolution to the now infamous Rick Springfield butt-injury case. Last week, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Springfield, finding that his hindquarters were not responsible for the injuries allegedly sustained by 45-year old Vicki Colcagno way, way back in 2004. Colcagno alleged that during a concert at the New York State fair, Springfield was jostled by the audience and lost his balance, causing his rear to strike her. The butt-hit allegedly knocked Colcagno to the ground where she struck her head, causing a traumatic brain injury. Exhibit A (pictured above) of Colcagno’s case was a picture of Springfield’s rear end taken just moments before the alleged incident. After all the evidence was heard, the jury took 61 minutes to render a defense verdict.
The location of the allegedly dangerous body part aside, we here at Abnormal Use are not surprised by the jury verdict. Colcagno had no witnesses from the concert to corroborate her story. She had no video evidence (aside from the aforementioned pre-accident butt shot). After the alleged incident, she remained at the concert and continued taking fan photos of Springfield. She also attended a Cyndi Lauper concert a week after the Springfield incident. (Lauper kept her body parts on stage). Moreover, the jury probably didn’t like hearing how Colcagno asked Springfield for concert tickets during a 2010 deposition.
In any event, we applaud Springfield and his legal team for following this case through to trial. Settlement would have undoubtedly been the path of least resistance. The life of an 80’s pop star is certainly busy and keeping up with litigation was probably not high on his list. But, rather than settle, Springfield boldly stuck to his position that he did nothing wrong. Now, if Springfield can channel the momentum of this trial victory into a new “Jessie’s Girl,” we can all be winners.