Twenty-year-old actress, Taylor Hickson, who suffered a gruesome facial injury when she crashed through a glass door while filming the indie horror movie 'Incident in a Ghost Land' in Canada in December 2016, has filed a lawsuit against the film’s production company, Incident Productions.
The upcoming actress who had recently starred in 'Deadpool' before the accident and had celebrated her 19th birthday met with the injury that required 70 stitches when the director constantly asked her to pound harder and harder on the door, with her face next to a glass pane in an "emotionally charged scene" shooting in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The lawsuit was filed last Friday with the Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg and it stated the following: “In the course of shooting the scene, the director [Pascal Laugier], consistently told [Hickson] to pound harder on the glass with her fists,” the suit states.
“At one point during the filming of the scene, and after being asked to increase the strength with which [she] pounded on the glass, [she] asked one of the producers and the director if it was safe to do so. That producer and the director both replied in the affirmative.”
Laugier is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
“The glass shattered, causing [her] head and upper body to fall through the door and shards of glass. As a result of the incident, [she] badly cut the left side of her face” and was rushed to the hospital, where she received about 70 stitches."
Hickson narrated the horrific story, "The crafts services lady held my face together with napkins in her hands. She went through so many napkins, there was so much blood."
And the damage, she says, has been lasting. “It’s been mass amounts of insecurity, conflicted, confused, hurt, angry, and sad that this was my last day on set and no precautions were taken.”
The title of the movie is known as 'Incident in a Ghost Land' and it ironically features the broken and slashed image of a young woman's face for its theatrical release next week in France.
Ever since the incident, the actress has undergone treatment including laser and silicone, but over one year post-incident, has been left with permanent scarring on the left side of her face,” the suit states.
“It is unknown at this time if any further treatment, including plastic surgery, would reduce the visual appearance of the injury.”
The suit further state that the actress “was a busy, up and coming actor in the very competitive movie industry,” but “as a result of the injury, she has lost income [during] the period of time she was unable to act while she recovered from her injury.”
It further highlights that the suit ought to have known of the dangerous situation they had placed her in, and that “the injury was reasonably foreseeable and was caused solely by the negligence and/or breach of contract by the defendant in that it failed in exercising the duty of care it owed to the plaintiff.”
Hickson accuses the company of failing to take “any and all reasonable steps to ensure that industry standards and practices were adhered to, including but not limited to the use of safety glass and/or stunt doubles as appropriate.”
The suit adds: “It is an industry standard within the movie industry that, when shooting a scene such as the scene described herein, either safety glass be used which would, upon shattering, break into pieces which would not result in sharp shards on which an actor could be cut, and/or that a stunt double be used for such a scene. Neither occurred in this case.”
Besides her physical suffering resulting from the disfiguring injury, the suit states that he also has suffered “mental distress which she continues to struggle with to date.”
The film’s premiere party is set for March 14 in Paris, but Hickson will not be attending. “I never worked so hard on a production in my life, and now it’s a bittersweet way to end this piece of art that we worked so hard on.”
She still hopes to reunite with her co-star Emilia Jones, who plays her little sister in the film.
“She and her mom took care of me the night of the incident, after I came out of surgery and went back to the hotel. I look forward to seeing her again. We were looking forward to running around Paris for the premiere, but unfortunately it would be too uncomfortable to attend. Emotionally – uncomfortable for all.”
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