Gregg Allman Sues To Stop 'Midnight Rider' Biopic After Train Crash

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:45 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Longtime rocker Gregg Allman filed a lawsuit last week to stop a biopic about his life after one person was killed and six others were injured on train tracks in southern Georgia from an incident connected to the film.

Camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, died Feb. 20 after she was struck by a train and metal shards from a bed placed on the railroad tracks for a scene in the movie when a train barreled down on the unsuspecting film crew.

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A crew member said that they were informed no trains were scheduled to come through at the time of filming. However, CSX Railroad, which owns the tracks, said the crew was never given permission to film on the tracks, according to The Associated Press.

The movie has already lost its lead actor, William Hurt, because of the incident. Hurt was at the scene of February's accident, The AP noted.

In the filing last week in Savannah, Georgia, Allman's attorneys claimed that Unclaimed Freight Productions lost the rights to the "Midnight Rider" biopic when they failed to start principal photography by Feb. 28. The suit also said the company did not pay Allman $9,000 of an unspecified sum for the film rights.

"Midnight Rider" is a movie based on the former Allman Brothers Band frontman's 2012 memoir "My Cross to Bear."

Michael F. Miller, Jr., international vice president for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, expressed his concerns in April when Unclaimed Freight announced that it would resume shooting the biopic in June.

"We have expressed our obvious concerns regarding this production starting again," Miller said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "We have demanded that they provide clearances from any and all governmental agencies and/or police agencies that are investigating this company and the individuals involved."

A Chatham County Superior Court judge on Monday will hear a request for a restraining order to keep Unclaimed Freight from moving forward with the project. Wayne County, Georgia officials have not ruled out criminal charges for the February train tragedy.

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