LOS ANGELES (CN) – A stuntwoman blames Sony pictures for fracturing her skull and breaking up her marriage, claiming she was hurt in a stunt for the TV show “Justified” that she was never told she was going to be in.
Lisa Hoyle sued Sony Pictures Entertainment, Woodridge Productions, Santa Clarita Studios, “Justified” director Don Kurt, producer Gary Lennon, production manager Mark Glick, stunt coordinator Kerry Rossall, and first assistant directors Susan Carpenter and Alison Troy, in Superior Court.
Hoyle seeks medical expenses and damages for negligence, premises liability, and loss of consortium, claiming that “permanent physical and mental injuries” caused her to separate from her husband, Robert Jakubik.
Jakubik is also a plaintiff. It is not clear from the complaint whether they have divorced, or merely separated.
Hoyle says she was at Santa Clarita Studios in early February 2011 to perform stunts on “Justified” after Woodridge Productions hired her as employee of nonparty Stuntchicks.
Though it is “custom and practice in the stunt industry to conduct a safety meeting prior to the performance and filming of a stunt,” Hoyle says the show’s first assistant directors and stunt coordinator never invited her to a safety meeting, even over the telephone.
Hoyle and (nonparty) stuntman Allen Robinson were on set eating at craft services at the time of the safety meeting, but no one tried to find them or invite them, according to the complaint.
“At approximately 1:30 am, on Feb. 3, 2011, as part of their job duties as stunt persons, Hoyle and Robinson were positioned next to a parked car, which was part of the scene to be filmed. The subject stunt involved a car crashing into the parked car that was next to Hoyle and Robinson. Neither Hoyle nor Robinson were informed prior to the performance of the stunt that the car they were positioned next to was to be impacted by another vehicle,” the complaint states.
It continues: “At approximately 1:30 am, during the performance of the stunt, the car crashed into the parked car next to Hoyle and Robinson, pushing the parked car into Hoyle, running over Hoyle’s ankle and impacting Hoyle’s body and head, knocking her to the ground unconscious.
“As a result of the impact, in addition to losing consciousness, Hoyle sustained injuries to her person, including, but not limited to: an open head fracture, soft tissue injuries, bruising and lacerations.”
Hoyle and Jakubik both claim that the injuries disrupted their marriage, “resulting in a separation,” causing loss of consortium.
“Justified” is based on Elmore Leonard’s novels “Pronto” and “Riding the Rap,” featuring deputy Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) as he metes out justice in Kentucky.
The show is broadcast on Fox’s pay channel FX. Neither entity is a party to the complaint.
Hoyle is represented by Federico Castelan Sayre with Sayre & Levitt, of Santa Ana.
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