The U.S. Department of Labor has cited the production company filming the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, connected to the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones in February. Jones was killed by a moving train during filming in Wayne County, Ga. Today, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the producers with one willful and one serious safety violation for exposing employees to hazards and recommended a penalty totaling $74,900. Eight other crew members were injured in the incident. READ FULL STORY
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When 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck by a train and killed on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider in February, industry professionals hit social media to share their support for safety during filming. Months later, Midnight Rider filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the case of Jones’ death, and on Sunday, both Miller and Savin turned themselves in to Georgia’s Wayne County Police Department before posting bond. But now, Miller and Savin’s lawyer, Don Samuel, has confirmed that both Miller and Savin have pleaded not guilty in the Wayne County Superior Court.
Miller and Savin put out their first public statement today through their attorney: READ FULL STORY
A Georgia county court has charged director Randall Miller and two producers of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the February on-set death of 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones. “An indictment has been returned in Wayne Superior Court charging Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass,” announced Jackie L. Johnson, Brunswick Judicial Circuit district attorney, in a statement. “Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison under Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a potential sentence of 12 months.”
Jones, a camera assistant, was killed on a train trestle during an action sequence being filmed in Wayne County, Ga., in February. Jones was hit by a speeding train, and several other crew members were injured in the accident. Production on the film was halted and has not resumed. READ FULL STORY
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. READ FULL STORY
Gregg Allman has issued a lawsuit against the producers of Midnight Rider, a biopic of the rocker’s life that has been thrown into turmoil following the on-set death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones. The battle concerns whether Unclaimed Freight, director Randall Miller’s production company that he runs with wife Jody Savin, still has the right to make the movie. READ FULL STORY
Gregg Allman has written a personal letter to director Randall Miller, asking him to pull the plug on Midnight Rider, a biopic of the legendary rocker, after the fatal train accident that killed second-camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured six others in February. “I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart,” Allman wrote, as first reported by the The Hollywood Reporter. “I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward.” READ FULL STORY
William Hurt has withdrawn from a bio-pic of southern rocker Gregg Allman that has been targeted with a boycott by Hollywood crew workers following the death of a camera assistant in February, his representatives tell EW.
“The show must go on” is a maxim that has been around for as long as there have been shows – a rallying call for casts and crews who lose someone in the midst of a production. But the opposite call to action – “The show must stop” — is being directed at Midnight Rider. READ FULL STORY
Midnight Rider star William Hurt – who will play musician Gregg Allman in the upcoming biopic – had reservations about shooting on a railway trestle, the site of an accident that killed a crew member in February as the movie was filming in Georgia.
Hurt said he had concerns about shooting on the historic Doctortown Railroad Trestle in Wayne County, Ga., telling a friend in an email obtained by the Los Angeles Times, that he had been “twice assured” that the area was deemed safe for production. According to the email, he then asked, “how long the crew had to get off if by some impossible chance another train came.” The answer Hurt received? Approximately 60 seconds.
“I said, ‘Sixty seconds is not enough time to get us off this bridge.’ There was a communal pause. No one backed me up. Then, we ….. Just went ahead. I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing,” wrote the Hellgate actor. The train arrived and then, shared Hurt, “we didn’t have sixty seconds. We had less than thirty.”
Hurt did not respond to EW’s request for comment.
The accident resulted in the injury of six crew members, who were in the midst of filming a dream sequence on the railroad tracks when the train unexpectedly crossed the bridge. Assistant camera operator Sarah Jones, 27, was struck and killed.
The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But Midnight Rider producers did not secure the proper credentials and permission to film on the trestle, reports the LA Times, and Wayne County Sheriff John Carter has said there was no railroad representative on site to further secure the area.
Production on the film – directed by Randall Miller and based on the Gregg Allman biography My Cross to Bear – was suspended shortly after the Feb. 20 accident.
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