Report: Gregg Allman, 'Midnight Rider' producers make deal, drop lawsuit

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Rocker Gregg Allman has dropped his lawsuit against Midnight Rider producers, settling on an out-of-court agreement in the aftermath of a deadly accident on the film’s set.

On Tuesday, attorneys for Allman and film director Randall Miller’s production company Unclaimed Freight Productions appeared in a Savannah court, according to the Associated Press. They told a judge that they had reached an agreement just one day after Miller gave his court testimony regarding the fatal accident.

Neither Long-Daniels or Miller’s attorney Donnie Dixon responded to EW’s request for comment.

Allmann — who formed the Allman Brothers band with sibling Duane in the late ’60s — had filed a lawsuit against Unclaimed Freight Productions in late April, on the basis that Unclaimed Freight failed to meet legal provisions that stipulated principal photography on his life’s story had to begin on Feb. 28, 2014.

Allman first informed the production company that their option had expired on March 5.

Pre-production on Midnight Rider was suspended on Feb. 20, when a train unexpectedly arrived and fatally struck Jones as she helped stage a scene on train tracks near Savannah, GA. Six other crew members were injured.

Wayne County, GA officials later said that the crew had not secured a permit from CSX Railroad, which owns the train tracks on which the accident occurred. According to the Associated Press, area prosecutors are considering the possibility of filing criminal charges.

News of the agreement follows months of petitioning by members of the film community to end scrap the film. A Facebook campaign was launched urging crew members to refuse to work on the movie, star William Hurt withdrew from the film, and, in late April, Allman wrote a personal letter to Miller asking him to shut down production permanently. “I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart,” he wrote. “I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward.”

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