Lane Garrison, who starred on Prison Break, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter back in 2006 when he killed 17-year old Vahagn Setian while drunk driving.
Garrison, who pleaded guilty to the charge and is currently serving 40 months in prison, reached a financial settlement with the parents of Setian earlier this week. The settlement comes from a civil suit filed by the Setians last year for the wrongful death of their son. The exact amount remains confidential.
Garrison has reached a settlement with Michelle Ohana, who was 15 at the time of the crash, and spent two months in a wheelchair due to her injuries.
Burress is currently dealing with the weapons possession charges in New York, but he may be speeding toward additional charges in a completely unrelated case.
A lawsuit has been filed in Florida by Alise Smith, who alleges that Burress rear-ended her car back in May. She claims she suffered back and neck injuries from the car accident. The suit is seeking $15,000 for lost wages, medical bills and vehicle damages.
What could prove to be an additional issue for Burress is that Smith claims she has proof that Burress was driving without insurance, as he did not pay his premiums and the insurance lapsed three days before the May 16th accident.
R&B singer Brandy has been named in a personal injury lawsuit by Donald Lite, who claims he suffers “serious and permanent injuries” while racking up medical bills due to a multi-car pile-up back in 2006. Lite is also suing Awatef Aboudihaj, who died in the accident.
The suit recounts the events of the accident, in which Brandy rear-ended Aboudihaj, who subsequently rear-ended Lite, and describes how Brandy and Aboudihaj’s inability to travel at safe speeds at a safe distance lead to the car accident.
Lite is currently seeking an unspecified amount for damages.
Last year, during a performance in which hypnotist Thom Kaz hypnotized one of the attendees, his willful victim beleived he was riding a horse and rode the imaginary steed right off the stage.
In the lawsuit, Chad Lee claims that under hypnosis was told to “look between his legs and ride a prop” and shortly there after he “ran off an elevated stage with the prop between his legs believing he was riding a black horse.”
Lee’s Las Vegas personal injury lawsuit does not specify the injuries he suffered in the fall.
Harrah’s was unavailable for comment.
Back in May 2008, Adrian Bailey, a performer in Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical in New York City, was badly injured when he fell through the trap door on the deck of the sailing ship set and landed on the stage forty feet below.
Last Thursday, Bailey filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan against both Disney and production companies that built the technical apparatuses for the show. He is seeking compensation for injuries that “were caused by the carelessness, negligence and recklessness of the defendants.”
Personal injuries like this may become a more common occurrence. A local New York actor, Dennis Baker, noted “in the age where Broadway shows seem to try and match the technical scale of movies the dangers for actors have increased. Unlike the movies, on stage there is no landing pad just off camera or safety net to catch an actor when something goes wrong.” Baker’s opinion echoes the growing concern for stage actors’ safety.
Representative for Disney have at this time declined comment on the case.
Back in May, Vanessa Ramirez was partying at Level 3 in Hollywood, when she fell on the dance floor and twisted her ankle. When bouncers placed her in a nearby chair it broke, and Ramirez tumbled to the floor a second time.
Now, Ramirez has filed a slip and fall lawsuit with her California personal injury lawyer against Level 3 for a total of $25,000!
Level 3 has shot back though, and stated that Ramirez was wearing 6” heels when she tumbled on the dance floor. As for the chair, well Ramirez just weighed too much… at 180lbs, wouldn’t you expect the chair to break too?