Gregg Allman Is No Longer a Defendant in Biopic Death Case
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:09:12
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Classic rock legend Gregg Allman has a weight off his broad shoulders. He is no longer named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit stemming from the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider, the Allman biopic based on the rock icon's memoir.
Jones, 27, was struck and killed by a train while shooting scenes on a trestle in Georgia in February. The producer and director did not have proper permission to film at the location and therein lies much of the suit.
According to WENN, Jones' parents, Richard and Elizabeth, sued executive producer Allman along with the movie's producers, including director Randall Miller. They claim that filmmakers selected "an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location." Well, that much seems obvious.
Allman's legal team said the rocker had absolutely no involvement in the location selection and now the Joneses have agreed to remove him from their lawsuit. They are also removing executive producer Michael Lehman and Open Road Films.
However, director Miller, his wife, producer Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz are all still named as defendants.
Additionally, the four of them each face criminal charges for involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. They have pleaded not guilty to the counts, with a trial looming in March.
Production on the film was stopped after Jones' tragic death. R.I.P. The movie remains in limbo, rightfully so.
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