Injured 'Transformers 3' Extra Receives $18.5 Million Settlement

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"


Industrial Light & Magic really upped the complexity on the latest "Transformers" film with 3D and the most complicated creature the company had ever created -- the snakelike Driller, made up of 70,051 parts. Says Scott Farrar, "The Driller wrapped around that tilted building demonstrates everything we put into these movies."

An Illinois judge has approved an $18.5 million settlement for woman who was critically injured during production of Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Gabriella Cedillo, 26, was among a group of extras driving in an uninhabited portion of Hammond, Ind. in September 2010 during production of the Michael Bay-directed blockbuster, which went on to gross more than $1 billion in 2011. A cable pulling a stunt car apparently snapped and crashed through the windshield of her car. She was airlifted to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery for a head injury, but despite the medical attention, the woman still has brain impairment.

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Cedillo's attorneys blamed Paramount and DreamWorks, filing lawsuits to cover medical bills that were said to have reached $350,000 and seeking punitive damanges. 

But the litigation has settled, with a Cook County judge approving, according to

A Paramount rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.