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‘Star Wars’ Producers Charged Over Harrison Ford Accident

The British government has issued criminal charges against producers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for alleged violations over an on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

The Health and Safety Executive said Thursday it had charged Disney subsidiary Foodles Production (U.K.) Ltd. with four violations of workplace health and safety laws.

“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor,” it said. “We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”

Ford broke his leg in June 2014, after he was hit by a hydraulic door while filming a scene with the Millennium Falcon at Pinewood Studios near London. Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the injury to Ford, who portrays the iconic Han Solo in the film.

The Millenium Falcon is the spaceship piloted by Solo. Ford was 71 at the time of accident.

A spokesperson for Foodles Production said in response: “Cast and crew safety is always a top priority. We provided full cooperation during HSE’s investigation into the on-set accident that occurred in June 2014 and are disappointed in HSE’s decision.”

The first court hearing  is scheduled for May at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens”  has grossed more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office since its release two months ago.

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