By Brian Ives
Gregg Allman has been dropped from a civil lawsuit stemming from the death of Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant who died on the set of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The incident took place on Feb. 20 of this year, while the crew was shooting a sequence on railroad tracks. Seven others were also injured in the accident. Production of the film shut down shortly afterward.
Allman, executive producer Michael Lehman and the film’s distributor Open Road Films were also dropped from the civil lawsuit, according to an announcement by the Jones’ attorney, Jeff Harris.
“This firm was hired by Richard and Elizabeth Jones to find out exactly what happened to their daughter, what decisions were made that led to that fateful day and to determine, and ultimately hold accountable, those who were involved,” Harris wrote in a statement. “After reviewing the many thousands of pages of documents, and other information we have obtained through the legal discovery process, it is clear that Mr. Allman and Mr. Lehman had no involvement in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah’s death. Our investigation has also shown that, in this case, Open Road Films was not directly involved in the poor decisions that led to this horrific event and the tragic loss of Sarah’s life. As a result, we are dismissing all claims against the three parties.”
“During a very difficult and trying time for our family, Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman demonstrated their genuine sorrow over the loss of our daughter and their willingness to work with us in the future to ensure safe film sets for all. For that, we are grateful,” Richard Jones said in a statement.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the civil suit against the other defendants remains active. The family is still suing the following: the film producers and director Randall Miller and his production company, Unclaimed Freight; the Film Allman banner set up by Miller and his wife, writer-producer Jody Savin, executive producers Jay Sedrish, first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, location manager Charles T. Baxter, director of photography Mike Ozier and Meddin Studios, which provided production and filming equipment and personnel.
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