Aerialist Injured in Fall From Club Rig Reaches Tentative Settlement

LOS ANGELES (CNS) –  An aerialist injured during a performance at the Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood in 2018 has reached a tentative settlement with the defendants in the case.

A lawyer for plaintiff Adele Vannini — who was at the club on June 14, 2018, to perform a “bottle drop” as part of the evening’s entertainment — filed court papers on Wednesday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco stating that a “conditional” accord was reached between the parties. No terms were divulged.

Vannini brought her suit in August 2018 against the club and the establishment’s general partner/managing member, Robert Vinokur. She amended the suit multiple times and other defendants included United Worldwide Enterprise Inc. and Aerial Arts America, who she alleged were involved with the installation of the rig.

According to the suit, as Vannini was released from the platform during her second rehearsal, the equipment failed and she plummeted 35 feet to the concrete floor below, breaking a shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip, knee and her nose. She underwent 12 hours of surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and later had a second surgery on her elbow lasting seven hours, according to the suit.

Vannini later underwent a third, four-hour surgery, remained hospitalized for 17 days and continues undergoing intensive rehabilitation, the suit stated.

In a sworn declaration, Vinokur said Vannini signed a release of liability prior to her rehearsals.

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