TV series Lethal Weapon's producer sued over stunt fail by motorist

Members of the general public aren't usually the ones injured when film and TV stunts go wrong, but that's what happened during the filming of TV show "Lethal Weapon" in California last summer, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
TV series Lethal Weapon's producer sued over  stunt fail by motoristTV series Lethal Weapon's producer sued over stunt fail by motorist
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Members of the general public aren't usually the ones injured when film and TV stunts go wrong, but that's what happened during the filming of TV show "Lethal Weapon" in California last summer, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit against WarnerMedia and Warner Bros claims Sandi Habbas "suffered a traumatic brain injury" on August 22, 2018 when the vehicle her husband Sami was driving was "shredded" by a zip line that had been strung across a street in Long Beach for a test run of a stunt on the show in which a stuntman would be hooked up to glide across the street, reports deadline.com.

The test, involving a 300-pound sandbag, was completed and auto traffic was allowed to resume, but as the Habbas' vehicle passed under the cable it snapped and struck their car, according to the suit.

The vehicle, travelling at 20 miles per hour, was unexpectedly "struck with a significant amount of force. The line lifted up Habbas' vehicle and shredded the front end of it. The force was significant enough that it damaged a light pole in the process", said the suit filed on May 7.

"Plaintiffs were startled from the high impact collision it had with the zip line," read the suit, which accuses the companies of wilful misconduct and negligence and seeks unspecified damages.

"Both sustained immediate emotional distress as they were in shock from being struck by an object that came from the air that they were unaware was in existence."

The suit also claims they both "sustained physical injuries to their bodies". According to the suit, paramedics were contacted and Habbas "was transported by ambulance".

"Plaintiffs suffered severe emotional distress, requiring constant psychological care," the suit alleges.

Habbas "suffered a traumatic brain injury" and post-traumatic stress disorder that still requires her to receive psychological care for "severe emotional distress".

"Lethal Weapon" wrapped its third season on February 26.

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