10:59am PT by Ashley Cullins
'Ghostland' Actress Sues Producers Over On-Set Face Injury
A 20-year-old Canadian actress who was injured while shooting the soon-to-premiere horror movie Ghostland is suing Incident Productions, claiming an on-set injury is keeping her from booking jobs.
Taylor Hickson says she was filming an emotionally charged scene in December 2016 that required her to pound on a glass door. After being directed to pound harder, she claims, she asked both a producer and the director if it was safe and was assured it was.
During one take, the door shattered and Hickson's head and upper body went through the glass, according to the complaint filed March 1 in Winnipeg.
"As a result of the Incident, the Plaintiff badly cut the left side of her face," states the lawsuit. "She was rushed to hospital and received approximately 70 stitches. She has since undergone treatment including laser treatment and silicone treatment, but over one year post-Incident, has been left with permanent scarring on the left side of her face (the "Injury"). It is unknown at this time if any further treatment, including plastic surgery, would reduce the visual appearance of the Injury."
Hickson claims it is industry protocol that in such a scene either safety glass would have been used or a stunt double would have done it, and that producers failed to ensure her safety on set.
The actress is seeking damages for future loss of income and mental distress, and alleges that she has struggled to find work since the injury.