Phish Concert Jumper Facing Criminal Charges

Friday, Aug 27, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 PM EDT
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Phish Concert Jumper Facing Criminal Charges

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A Maine man who was injured after police say he leaped from the upper deck at Long Island's Jones Beach Theater has pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct charges.

Luke Duplessis was released without bail following his arraignment Friday in Hempstead, N.Y. Dan Russo, a Long Island-based attorney for the 30-year-old Old Town, Maine, resident, disputed allegations that his client jumped, saying he accidentally fell.

Duplessis landed in a seating area about 25 feet below during intermission of an Aug. 18 concert by the jam-band Phish.

He was treated at a hospital for head injuries, but Russo said he is recovering. One spectator below reported a minor injury.

The following day, a fan attending a performance by The Swell Season jumped to his death at a show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif.

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