The producers of the stalled Allman Brothers biopic have been cited for a "serious safety violation" relating to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Jones was struck and killed by a train while shooting a dream sequence for the film, titled Midnight Rider, on a trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14).
Prosecutors investigating the tragedy filed charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass against director/producer Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish last month (Jul14), and now officials at the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) are holding Miller and Savin responsible for "one willful and one serious safety violation" stemming from the 27 year old's death.
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, says, "Employers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect workers' health and safety, and the entertainment industry is no exception. It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle."
Eight other crew members were also injured in the incident, with many joining Jones' parents in taking civil action against filmmakers.
OSHA authorities suggest Film Allman chiefs should be fined $74,900 (£44,059) for the violations, including exposing employees to "struck-by and fall hazards".
Owners of the company, which is registered to the same address as Miller and his film partner and wife Savin's firm Unclaimed Freight Productions, have 15 business days to appeal the findings.
News of the OSHA's findings emerge hours after Midnight Rider executives filed a legal complaint against their insurers at New York Marine, after they announced they will no longer honour their policy to cover incidents onset when filming resumes.
Production on Midnight Rider, based on the memoir of Gregg Allman, has been on hold since Jones' death.
Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin have broken their silence following the death of a camera assistant on their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, insisting they have committed no crime. Director Miller and his writer/producer wife were shooting a dream sequence on a train trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14) when an oncoming train disrupted filming. Sarah Jones lost her life when the train hit her.
The filmmakers, who surrendered to local authorities on Sunday (13Jul14), have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed against them, and now they've released a statement through their attorney.
Miller and Savin write, "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident.
"We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day.
"Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah’s family."
A third producer, Jay Sedrish, turned himself in to police in Georgia on Thursday (17Jul14).
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
Several civil suits have also been filed against MIller, Savin, Sedrish and other individuals and entities associated with the film.
Film producer Jay Sedrish has turned himself in to police in Georgia four days after his associates, Jody Savin and Randall Miller, surrendered to authorities for their part in the death of a camera assistant on the set of Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider.
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in connection to the death of 27-year-old Sarah Jones, who was killed while trying to escape an oncoming train as they shot footage for the film in Wayne County in February (14).
Sedrish, the project's executive producer and production manager, surrendered to police on Thursday (17Jul14). He was released after posting $27,700 (£16,300) bond.
Miller and Savin turned themselves in on Sunday (13Jul14) and were also released. The trio faces up to 10 years behind bars for involuntary manslaughter under Georgia law.
Production on Midnight Rider was halted immediately after the tragedy.
Director Randall Miller and his producer wife Jody Savin have been released on bail after surrendering to police in Georgia. The couple and fellow producer Jay Sedrish were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass related to the death of a camera assistant on the set of their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider.
Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train and killed in February (14) as the production crew shot footage on railroad tracks in Wayne County. Six other crew members were also injured.
Miller and Savin turned themselves in to cops on Sunday (13Jul14) and were each freed on $27,000 (£15,882) bail.
Executive producer Sedrish has yet to surrender to authorities.
The trio faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, while the criminal trespass misdemeanour could land Miller and the producers 12 months in prison.
Production on the movie, based on the memoirs of Gregg Allman, was halted following the train tragedy.
Director Randall Miller has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the death of a camera assistant on the Georgia set of the Allman Brothers biopic. Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train and killed in February (14) as the production crew shot footage for Midnight Rider on railroad tracks in Wayne County. Six other crew members were also injured.
A criminal investigation was launched and now the Wayne County District Attorney has indicted Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin and the film's executive producer Jay Sedrish on the two counts amid allegations they failed to secure a permit to shoot on the train tracks.
The charge of involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars, while the criminal trespass misdemeanour could land Miller and the producers 12 months in prison.
Production on the movie, based on the memoirs of Gregg Allman, was halted following the train tragedy and the subsequent exit of lead actor William Hurt, who had been set to portray the rocker. Hurt had previously expressed his concerns about safety on the Wayne County set in an email to a friend, days before Jones' death.
The criminal charges are not the only legal woes for Miller - Jones' parents filed a civil suit against the movie's filmmakers in May (14), and a number of other crew members involved in the accident have lodged official complaints.
News of the indictment emerges days after stars including Heather Locklear, Nina Dobrev and Sam Underwood joined a group of Hollywood crew members to film a public service announcement (PSA) in Jones' memory. The short film calls for increased safety measures on film and TV sets.
Rocker Gregg Allman and the producers of his biopic Midnight Rider have been hit by another lawsuit connected to the fatal train accident that took place on the set in February (14). Make-up artist Antonyia Verna has become the latest crew member to file suit over injuries she sustained as she ran from an oncoming train while shooting on railroad tracks in Wayne County, Georgia.
The parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed, were the first to file suit against the filmmakers. They were joined by hairstylist Joyce Gilliard.
Verna, who was injured as she ran from the train, is also suing Allman, Unclaimed Freight Productions, Open Road Films and others.
There have been reports of six other injuries.
According to her lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Midnight Rider producers failed to get permission to film on the trestle bridge and concealed that fact from the rest of the cast and crew. She claims the defendants failed to take "minimum safety precautions" and failed to "comply with applicable industry standards".
Verna alleges she suffered "serious physical injuries, medical and other necessary expenses, post-traumatic stress, mental anguish, lost income, and mental and physical pain and suffering."
She is demanding compensatory and punitive damages. She is joined in the action by her spouse Richard Brewer, who also wants monetary damages for his own suffering.
Filming was shut down following the incident and director Randall Miller has yet to resume the project.
Allman and his fellow defendants have yet to comment on the new lawsuit, but the veteran rocker's attorney recently insisted his client had nothing to do with selecting shooting locations or "the actual physical production of the film".
Allman tried to sue Miller and his production company in early May (14) in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker subsequently dropped the lawsuit after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
Pregnant actress Alyssa Milano is willing her beloved Los Angeles Kings ice hockey team to victory in the Stanley Cup with a shrine she has set up in her home. The Kings will meet the New York Rangers in the finals, which begin on Wednesday night (04Jun14), and Milano is hoping her prayers will be answered when her team lifts the cup again.
And to give the players a spiritual boost, the star has gathered her Kings collectibles and lit a candle in a special corner of her home.
Her memorabilia includes a signed photo of the Kings announcer Bob Miller, an Andre Kopitar stressball and bobblehead, a Luc Robitaille rookie card and a Wayne Gretzky doll.
She showed off a photo of her shrine during an appearance on U.S. show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (03Jun14), revealing she makes cash offerings to the "hockey Gods".
The superstitious sports fan also makes her husband wear certain clothing items for games, explaining, "He has to wear a specific sweatshirt and hat. I make him wear it."
A movie hairstylist who fractured her arm during the tragic train crash which killed a camera assistant on the set of The Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider has filed suit against rocker Gregg Allman and the film's producers. Joyce Gilliard was one of six crewmembers injured on 20 February (14), when Sarah Jones was fatally struck by an oncoming train as they shot landscape footage on a trestle in rural Wayne County, Georgia.
Production on the film, based on Allman's memoirs, immediately ground to a halt and lead actor William Hurt, who had raised questions about staff safety in an email to a friend days before the incident, subsequently quit the project.
Last week (21May14), Jones' parents launched legal action against 10 individuals involved in the film, including executive producer Allman and director Randall Miller, and now Gilliard has followed their lead.
She filed papers in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday (28May14), claiming injuries she sustained as she tried to race to safety from the oncoming train have left her with post-traumatic stress.
Gilliard did not detail the extent of her ailments, which she alleges have become permanent, but she previously revealed, "The pressure from the train was so strong it pulled me off what I was holding onto and it snapped my arm."
Allman and his fellow defendants have yet to comment on the new lawsuit, but the veteran rocker's attorney recently criticised the Jones family's decision to include him in their wrongful death case, insisting his client had nothing to do with selecting shooting locations or "the actual physical production of the film".
An investigation into the accident is ongoing, but officials have stated that Miller and his crew had permission to be on the property, but not on the train tracks themselves. Local authorities have yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.
Allman had also tried to sue Miller and his production company in early May (14) in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker subsequently dropped the lawsuit after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
The parents of a 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed while shooting landscape footage on the Georgia set of The Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider have launched a civil lawsuit against the film's producers. Sarah Jones lost her life in February (14) after she was hit by an oncoming train while attempting to run to safety on a rural Wayne County trestle.
Production on the film, based on Greg Allman's memoirs, was immediately halted and star William Hurt, who had questioned the safety of crew members in an email sent to a friend days before the accident, has since quit the project. Now, Jones' parents have named the movie's producers and the owners of the land, on which the film was being shot at the time of the tragedy, as part of a massive suit, which was filed on Wednesday (21May14).
In total, 10 individuals associated with the film, including executive producer Allman and director Randall Miller, and eight corporations have been named as defendants. In the suit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Richard and Elizabeth Jones' lawyer claims the filmmakers selected "an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location; failed to secure approval for filming... and otherwise failed to take measures to protect the safety of the Midnight Rider cast and crew."
Six of Sarah Jones' colleagues were injured in the rush to get to safety as the train appeared. Investigators have revealed Miller and his crew had permission to be on the property, but not on the train tracks themselves. Local authorities have yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.
Allman recently sued director Miller and his production company in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker dropped the lawsuit last week (ends16May14) after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
Veteran rocker Gregg Allman has personally appealed to director Randall Miller to shut down production on the Allman Brothers biopic for good following the tragic onset death of a camera assistant in February (14). Sarah Jones, 27, was struck and killed by an oncoming train while shooting Midnight Rider on a railroad trestle in Wayne County, Georgia, four days before cameras were officially due to start rolling on the project.
Filming was suspended immediately after the accident, but recent reports suggest Miller is considering moving the shoot to California, so he and the cast and crew can get back to work as early as June (14).
Now Gregg Allman, who was due to be portrayed by both William Hurt and rocker Tyson Ritter in the film, has made his feelings about the future of the biopic clear by penning Miller a letter begging him to reconsider his plans to move forward with the movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allman wrote: "I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart. I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward."
Allman admits he had been excited about the big screen adaptation of his autobiography My Cross to Bear, but he has since had a change of heart following Jones' death.
He continued, "When the idea of you producing the film first came about, I was genuinely excited about the possibility of sharing my story with fans around the world. Unfortunately, all of that changed for me on February 20 of this year.
"While there may have been a possibility that the production might have resumed shortly after that, the reality of Sarah Jones' tragic death, the loss suffered by the Jones family and injuries to the others involved has led me to realize that for you to continue production would be wrong."
Miller has yet to respond to Allman's note, but production has already hit another snag following Hurt's decision to pull out of the film earlier this week (begs21Apr14). The Oscar winner had expressed his concerns about safety on the Wayne County set in an email to a friend, days before Jones was killed.
The accident is still under investigation by police.