LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has refused to testify in-person at an Australian court's inquest into LIMP BIZKIT's possible role in the death of a 15-year-old girl at the 2001 Big Day Out Festival.
Coroner Jacqueline Milledge had requested in-person testimony from 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. Instead, he offered his testimony via video teleconferencing, and the band members have faxed their written accounts to the court.
A lawyer for the Big Day Out promoter, Mark Dean, objected to the video testimony saying that the due to the nature of the conference Durst was not bound to perjury laws. Dean claims that BIZKIT's witnesses contained "scandalous" claims including criticism of security staff, reports the Associate Press. Milledge will either arrange for the video testimony or use the above-mentioned written statements.