Stunt Performer Sues Film Studio Saying He Suffered Permanent Brain Damage From ‘Hangover 2’
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An Australian stunt performer is suing Warner Bros. claiming he suffered likely permanent brain damage during filming of “The Hangover Part II.”
Scott McLean was filming a high-speed chase (working as Ed Helms’ double) when the car he was riding was hit by another vehicle and skidded out of control, according to court documents.
The suit alleges that stunt coordinator Russell Solberg, named as a co-defendant, changed the timing of the stunt after the performance had begun.
McLean lists his credits in many action films including “Matrix” and “Star Wars” films.
The stuntman ways he was kept in a medically-induced coma for two months after the December 2010 collision and remains in a medical rehab facility in Sydney.
Warner Bros. spokesperson Paul McGuire said the studio is “shocked and saddened by this accident and have been working closely with Scott and his family throughout his treatment and recovery.”
McGuire added Warner Bros. has offered “continual support since the accident occurred and we are working together to try and resolve any outstanding issues.”
McLean’s lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages but he claims the accident left him with “permanent brain and physical injuries. ” He cited “ongoing seizures, speech impediments, physical impediments and brain trauma.”
McClean’s wife is also a plaintiff in the case claiming emotional distress, inability to work and loss of companionship as a result of the accident.
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