Gregg Allman Dropped From ‘Midnight Rider’ Lawsuit
Gregg Allman has been dropped from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sarah Jones, who was killed while filming the movie 'Midnight Rider,' based on Allman's life.
The family, who also dropped executive producer Michael Lehman and Open Road Films from the suit, is seeking unspecified damages for Jones' death, plus pain and suffering and punitive damages, Variety reports.
“By committing these acts, or failures to act, the ‘Midnight Rider’ defendants operated without minimum safety precautions and contrary to standard industry practices for productions of this scale and for productions involving dangerous filming conditions,” the lawsuit claims.
Jones was tragically killed on Feb. 20 when a train came down the tracks on which a scene was being filmed. The 27-year-old was the only person killed, although several other crew members were injured by flying metal.
In the wake of the accident, Allman originally tried to stop the production of the film, filing a lawsuit against director Randall Miller. The lawsuit was subsequently dropped, with Allman's attorney saying, "We have come together and reasoned with one another."
Four defendants -- director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz -- are still named in the Jones family's lawsuit. They face charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
A trial date of March 9 has been set. There is no word if Allman will have to testify.
'Midnight Rider' has not continued filming since the accident, although the film has not been officially canceled.