The dramatic events surrounding Midnight Rider, the biopic based on Gregg Allman’s memoir My Cross to Bear, are far from over. Last month, Allman asked that production on the film cease following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones in a freight train accident that occurred during filming this past February. Now, hairstylist Joyce Gilliard has filed a lawsuit against the producers of Midnight Rider, director Randall Miller, and Allman after she sustained injuries as a result of the same accident. She claims to have suffered a fractured arm and post-traumatic stress.
“The pressure from the train was so strong it pulled me off what I was holding onto and it snapped my arm. I immediately grabbed my arm and wrapped it up with a piece of the prop, which was a sheet,” said Gilliard, who also named
CSX, the train operator, and Rayonier, who own the land next to where the accident occurred, in the suit.
Allman has argued that he shouldn’t be held accountable as he has nothing to do with the actual making of the film or the location scouting.