ATLANTA, GA (CelebrityAccess) — Gregg Allman has been dropped from the list of defendants in a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman killed during the filming of a biopic of the Allman Brothers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Allman, an executive producer on the film, had been named as a defendent in the case after 27-year-old Sarah Jones was killed when a train slammed into the production crew on the first day of filming. Six others were injured in the crash. CSX, the railroad company that owns the bridge on which the crash took place, is also named as a defendent in the case, even though it denied the film production access to the bridge.
Production of the film was shut down and the project was subsequently canceled in the wake of the accident and four of the filmmakers have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and trespassing.
“After reviewing the many thousands of pages of documents, and other information we have obtained through the legal discovery process, it is clear that Mr. Allman and Mr. Lehman had no involvement in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah’s death. Our investigation has also shown that, in this case, Open Road Films was not directly involved in the poor decisions that led to this horrific event and the tragic loss of Sarah’s life. As a result, we are dismissing all claims against the three parties," said Jeff Harris, an attorney representing the Jones family in prepared statment. – Staff Writers