Old Town man faces charges in New York after Phish concert

Posted Aug. 27, 2010, at 1:33 p.m.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — 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 after 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 next day, a fan attending a performance by The Swell Season jumped to his death at a show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif.