‘Midnight Rider’: Gregg Allman Agrees to Drop Lawsuit Against Producers

Gregg Allman
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Gregg Allman has agreed to drop his two-week-old lawsuit seeking to block production of “Midnight Rider,” based on the singer’s life.

Allman had filed the suit in state court in Georgia on April 28, seeking to block the production of “Midnight Rider” from resuming. Production had stopped following the Feb. 20 death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones.

Allman had alleged in the action against the production companies Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC that the option to his life rights had expired.

According to TV station WSAV, a motion for dismissal without prejudice was filed Tuesday morning in Chatham County Superior Court, where attorneys told Judge John Morse they were working toward a resolution.

Unclaimed Freight, operated by director Randall Miller and Jody Savin, had no comment.

Appearing at a court hearing on Monday, Miller said that other members of the crew were tasked with obtaining written permits to shoot on CSX train tracks on Feb. 20, when an oncoming freight train unexpectedly came on the rural Georgia location and struck and killed Jones and injured six crew members.

“I did not do permits, so I didn’t see the permits,” Miller said under questioning.

Allman had contended in the suit that Miller and his Unclaimed Freight Prods. no longer had the rights because principal photography wasn’t started on time and because the production failed to pay him a full $150,000.

A county prosecutor is reviewing the results of an investigation to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

It’s unclear if production will resume. On April 23, William Hurt pulled out of his starring role as an older version of Allman.

Hurt had come on board the project in early January and was on a railway bridge on Feb. 20 where the crew was filming a dream sequence involving a hospital bed on the tracks.

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  1. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    The State of Georgia should be centering their attention on the possible arrest and prosecution for Criminal Negligence leading to death. Anything else is legal jockinging. With the Producers pointing fingers at each other, its apparent that they were at fault. Specifying specifically whom that was is difficult. That is why most of these cases lead to wrongful death civil suits and out of Court settlements.

  2. anon says:

    I don’t understand, he is having a concert on May 17th,,,,,but he couldn’t be in court today??? why cant regular people get away with that???

  3. anon says:

    My opinion they are all to Blame, Miller said even Greg did know they were shooting on those tracks. they all had a responsibility to this poor girl. and Greg can not just step out of it…. sorry folks Miller said on the stand, he talked with Greg 4 hours about filming on that bridge,,, if they cared so much why wasn’t safety discussed on that day they all should be held responsible.

  4. Andy says:

    Randall Miller also made the comment that he did not know it was a “live track” yet he said they were told they had 60 seconds to get out of the way if a train approached. He’s a flat-out liar. He and his wife knew about not having a permit which is why they scrambled on to the track after the two trains had passed. Miller can blather on but those of use who have been in the business a long time know with virtual certainty what went down that day. He might be able to convince a jury like O.J. did despite overwhelming evidence but unless you change your name, get facial reconstruction, and/or a sex change operation you are finished in this business.

  5. Geoff says:

    Law suit dropped, but does this mean production resumes, or folds? PS: Trains on a “live” railroad track are no surprise. Yhe surprise is the ignorance and arrogance of the director.

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