Fred Durst Refuses To Testify In-Person About Fan Death

Australian court resumes inquest into Limp Bizkit's possible role in death of girl at 2001 Big Day Out Festival.

Is Durst on TV better than no Durst at all? That's the question Coroner Jacqueline Milledge will address Tuesday (February 26), when an Australian court resumes its inquest into Limp Bizkit's possible role in the death of a 15-year-old girl at the 2001 Big Day Out Festival, according to the Associated Press.

Milledge had requested in-person testimony from frontman Fred Durst when Sydney's Glebe Coroner's Court started looking into the factors that contributed to concertgoer Jessica Michalik's death, but Durst refused to go to Australia, citing, among other reasons, that he was a "fearful flier" who won't travel by air unless absolutely necessary (see "Limp Bizkit Pledge Cooperation In Probe Of Fan's Death"). Instead, he offered his testimony via video teleconferencing, and the band members have faxed their written accounts to the court.

Lawyers for the concert promoter, however, scoffed at the prospect of televised testimony, claiming witnesses weren't bound by perjury laws when testimony was given via videophone.

A band spokesperson reportedly told Milledge Monday (February 25) that several of Limp Bizkit's tour managers had made written statements and would testify before the court, but Durst couldn't fit the trip into his schedule.

On November 19, Sydney's Glebe Coroner's Court began examining the factors that contributed to the death of Michalik, who died five days after suffering a heart attack during Limp Bizkit's set at the annual multi-band festival (see "Teen Who Had Heart Attack In Limp Bizkit Pit Dies"). While the band and its management company cited inadequate security measures as causal factors, a security consultant hired by concert promoters point the finger at the band's failure to halt their performance when they were told by security to do so.

After hearing testimony from promoters, security personnel and fans, the inquest rested November 30 and resumed February 25.