The production company responsible for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is facing up to four counts of prosecution, relating to Harrison Ford’s broken leg on set, during filming…
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According to a report from the Independant, the production company — Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Disney — is to be prosecuted as a result of actor Harrison Ford’s broken leg, as well as other injuries, when a heavy hydraulic metal door (from the Millennium Falcon) fell on top of him on the set of The Force Awakens.
The Independant further explains that representatives from each side, are to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on May 12, 2016, to face four charges relating to the accident, which occurred on June 12, 2014, at Pinewood Studios in London, where The Force Awakens was filmed.
"“HSE has today informed Foodles Production (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted over four alleged breaches of health and safety law. The charges relate to an incident during filming of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which left Harrison Ford with serious injuries after he was hit by a heavy hydraulic door.”"
The spokesperson went on to say that by law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers…even on a film set. “We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”
Despite the lawsuit, I can’t imagine any monetary number hurting Star Wars: The Force Awakens which hit the $2 Billion mark, last week. Hopefully both sides can come to a reasonable outcome, and this lawsuit won’t have any effect on Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began filming this week.