Is Simon Cowell SUING The Electric Bike Company Responsible For His Accident?
Simon Cowell is reportedly considering a lawsuit against the company that made the electric bike he was riding during his accident earlier this year. The incident left him with a broken back.
A former employee of the company has also spoken out to call the bike Simon was riding a “death trap.” Read on to find out more about the product, and what action Simon might be taking.
Simon Cowell’s Electric Bike Required Training To Ride
In August, Simon fell off a new Swind EB-01 at his home in Malibu. The bike was reportedly made by Swindon Powertrain, and is subject to the same rules as motorcycles in the UK.
A former employee of the company told the Sun that he warned his bosses Simon could “break his f***ing neck” on the bike. Since the product is 60 times more powerful than regular electric bikes, he should have been trained in how to use it.
Simon reportedly saw the bike at a motor show in January, and he was one of the first buyers. According to the former employee, “I said to my boss, ‘Are you showing Simon how to use this?’ He said he was just dropping it off and I said, ‘Are you serious?’”
“That thing is a death trap and should never have been sold to Simon without him being taught how to use it,” the source shared, adding, “It’s like trying to control a wild horse rearing up.”
Will Simon Sue The Company Over The Accident?
Simon’s team is now apparently “weighing up” legal options. They’ve apparently tried to contact the company, but have been “stonewalled.” According to the Sun, experts say he could get as much as £10 million for medical costs, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.
The music mogul broke his back in several places and underwent surgery to add a metal rod. He had to miss the AGT and BGT live shows, as well as the BGT Christmas special, while he was recovering.
A spokesperson for Simon Cowell told the Sun, “Simon is understandably extremely concerned for other peoples’ safety in relation to this bike. We’ve been pressing the manufacturer about this and will continue to press them, including in relation to the claims of the former member of staff.”
The company’s website reportedly warns users to read the manual before using the bike. Simon himself admitted when he tweeted about the incident, “If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.”