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Jun182014

New Lawsuit Filed Against Gregg Allman, Film Producers in Connection with Accident on Set of Biopic

PMK-BNCGregg Allman and the producers of Midnight Rider, the biopic based on his life story, have been hit with yet another lawsuit in the wake of the fatal on-set accident that occurred this past February 20 during the film's first day of shooting. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Antonyia Verna, a makeup artist who reportedly was injured on the set that day, has filed a suit in a Georgia county court naming as defendants Allman, Unclaimed Freight Productions, Open Road Films and location manager Charles Baxter, as well as some of the movie's other supervisory personnel.

The incident occurred when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge on which the filmmakers were attempting to shoot a scene, killing a 27-year-old camera assistant named Sarah Jones and injuring several other crew members.  A report issued by the Wayne County, Georgia, sheriff's department lists Verna as having been treated at a local hospital after the tragic event.

According to her lawsuit, Verna claims that she suffered "serious physical injuries, medical and other necessary expenses, post-traumatic stress, mental anguish, lost income and mental and physical pain and suffering."

The suit also charges the movie's producers with failing to get permission to film on the bridge, not informing the crew that proper permissions hadn't been obtained, failing to take "minimum safety precautions" and failing to "comply with applicable industry standards." Verna is seeking punitive and compensatory damages, while her husband also is seeking monetary compensation for suffering.

Two other similar lawsuits were filed in recent weeks, one by Jones' family and another by Joyce Gilliard, a 43-year-old hairstylist from South Carolina who alleges that she is dealing with permanent injuries and post-traumatic stress following the incident.


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