Mom Claims She Was Asked to Leave Brad Paisley Concert for Breastfeeding
A mom and her 4-month-old attending Brad Paisley's recent concert in San Diego were asked to leave by police, who allegedly told her it was to protect the child. However, mom Megan Christopherson thinks it was because she was breastfeeding her baby.
Christopherson was in the pit at a Paisley show on July 10 when security approached her and her infant daughter, Gracie. They told her she needed to leave because the child could ultimately be harmed standing in the area. A police officer from the Chula Vista Police Department also apparently told her he was worried Gracie's eardrums could burst being so close to the stage.
Christopherson caught the whole thing on video -- it was even uploaded on YouTube, but taken down shortly after. According to USA Today, in the clip, the police officer is explaining why she needs to leave while the mom argues that the sleeping baby is fine. She also let him know she'd recently attended another concert at the same venue and had no problems, and that she believed he was removing her because she was breastfeeding.
The officer gave her two choices: Either leave the venue, or go to a free seat with her baby and 8-year-old daughter. Christopherson decided to leave.
Following the incident, the police department released the following statement on their website:
"The Chula Vista Police Department's involvement in the incident was due to the welfare and safety of the infant and not due to a mother's legal right to breastfeed in public."
Concertgoers and the woman's friends are now speaking out about the incident, saying they believe it was because Christopherson was breastfeeding her child. As a result, the mom plans on hiring a lawyer in hopes that the security company will issue her an apology, as she has yet to receive one.
Brad Paisley and his label had no comment on the matter.
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