The Resident Evil producers want the courts to dismiss a lawsuit from the movie’s stunt performer who was injured during the filming of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Olivia Jackson, the stuntwoman in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, sustained serious injuries at the set of the latest movie in the franchise. However, the legal team for the director/producer Paul Anderson and the producer Jemery Bolt have filed documents asking courts to dismiss Jackson’s lawsuit.
According to reports, Jackson's lawsuit states that "Anderson and Bolt created an unsafe working environment on the set of the last installment of the popular video-game movie franchise, and also failed to procure adequate insurance to cover the injuries that resulted from her crash." While the legal team for Anderson and Bolt claim that “Jackson’s American lawyers are suing the wrong people in the wrong place." They also claim that Jackson was reportedly hired for the movie by an "unrelated" company based in South Africa called Davis Films, which means they are not responsible for paying any damages.
Jackson filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in August this year asking for unspecified damages to help pay for her medical expenses, which are still ongoing. According to the lawsuit, Jackson suffered serious injuries on the set of the latest movie in the Resident Evil franchise. She was performing a motorcycle stunt which went wrong leaving her so badly injured that doctors had to amputate her left arm above the elbow.
Back in 2015, Jackson also detailed the extent of her injuries in a Facebook post saying that she sustained severe injuries which included "brain bleeding, brain swelling, severed main artery in the neck, crushed and degloved face, several broken ribs, paralyzed arm, shattered scapula, broken clavicle, broken humerus, broken radius and ulna, with an open wound and a 7.5 piece of bone missing, and an amputated thumb." According to Jackson's lawsuit, she smashed directly into the camera which failed to lift in time leaving her in a coma for 17 days. The lawyers for the producers also claim that Davis Films paid Jackson $248,265 to cover her medical bills, and Jackson’s attempt to file another lawsuit in California is just a "publicity stunt masquerading as a lawsuit."
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter came out in January 2017, and was the most successful movie in the franchise, making $312.2 million with a budget of $40 million.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter