Travis Barker: "If Something Goes Wrong...You Should Be Compensated"

Blink-182 drummer speaks exclusively to E! News about his decision to sue over the crash that killed four people and left him burned

By Ken Baker Nov 24, 2008 4:15 PMTags

Travis Barker is looking for justice.

In his first postcrash TV news interview, the musician tells E! News exclusively why he decided to file a lawsuit over the plane crash that killed four people and left Barker and DJ AM badly burned.

"I wouldn't have been in the state I was in if I wasn't in the crash," said Barker, who spoke Sunday while at the Miss California USA event with Shanna Moakler. "I wouldn't have third-degree burns all over my body or be prohibited to do certain things. I can't go swimming. I can't do some of the things that normal people can do. I didn't ask for that to happen."

DJ AM, who is also continuing his recovery from the Sept. 19 incident, is not part of the lawsuit. Said Barker: "I can't speak for him—I think everyone just has different attorneys." The two are currently rehearsing for a New Year's Eve gig at the Paramount lot in Hollywood.

The drummer says he doesn't know if he'll win his lawsuit.

"I don't know. I just think positive. I mean, I think so—if something goes wrong that's not supposed to go wrong or you fall victim of it, I think you should be compensated."

He says he's not just speaking for himself, either. "I lost two friends in the accident. Nothing can bring them back or what I lost in the accident."

See the entire interview Monday night on E! News, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT.

—Reporting by Aly Weisman

(Originally published Nov. 23, 2008 at 10:45 p.m. PT.)