'Transformers 3' Extra Suing Paramount After Injured on Set
A family of "Transformers 3" extra, Gabriela Cedillo, who was injured on the set has taken legal action against Paramount Pictures regarding the accident. Her brother Adolfo Romo has filed a lawsuit against the studio on Tuesday, October 5, citing negligence, Radar Online reports.
The documents mention that numerous mechanical and procedural malfunctions caused the incident. It subsequently accused those involved in the production for failing "to properly weld the metal bracket to the stunt car" and "to provide adequate safety precautions," and allowing "untrained extras to drive their own vehicles within close proximity to a violent stunt."
"We filed a case this morning in Chicago and made a request for a jury trial," Cedillo's attorney Todd A. Smith tells Radar Online. Romo, in total, is seeking money in excess of $50,000 on counts of negligence against seven companies and individuals involved. Smith adds, "All of these entities played a role in some respect as to what happened."
Cedillo herself has been transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Friday, October 1. "She's unable to speak and is paralyzed on her left side... It looks like she has vision loss in the left eye, which is sewn shut because there's a paralysis associated with that and they don't want her eye to dry out," the attorney details her condition. "Gabriela is somewhat responsive and the family is hopeful that she will continue to take these small strides."
As reported before, Cedillo was driving a car when stunt vehicles being towed by flatbed trucks drove in the opposite lane in excess of 50 miles per hour, as part of a stunt being filmed on September 1 in Chicago for "Transformers 3". The cable towing one of the stunt cars came loose, whipping through Cedillo's car window and striking her in the head.
Paramount recently offers their sympathy regarding the accident, stating "Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Gabriela, her family and loved ones. The production will continue to provide all the help we can to Gabriela and her family during this difficult time." Due to the incident, the filming in Chicago was wrapped earlier and was not rescheduled.
"Transformers 3", which is directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf, still sticks to its U.S. release schedule of July 1, 2011.
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