A Canadian actress is suing a Winnipeg-based production company after her face was disfigured during the shooting of a horror film in the city.
Taylor Hickson, 20, claims Incident Productions Inc., a local film company, did not take reasonable steps to ensure her safety during the shooting of indie film "Ghostland" in December 2016.
A statement of claim, filed last week with the Court of Queen’s Bench, alleges an on-set incident resulted in the left side of Hickson’s face being badly cut by broken glass.
The young actress, who lives in Kelowna, B.C., is suing for damages for lost income and future lost income, as well as mental distress and legal costs.
The shoot took place on the 800 block of Dufferin Avenue. On Dec. 15, 2016, Hickson claims she was directed to repeatedly pound her fists against a glass door during the filming of an "emotionally charged scene."
After being repeatedly being told to pound harder on the glass, the lawsuit alleges Hickson asked both the film’s director and one of its producers if it was safe to do so. The actress says she was told it was.
Hickson then alleges the glass door shattered, causing her to fall through and the left side of her face to be sliced open by the broken shards of glass. She was rushed to hospital and received around 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," reads the lawsuit.
"It is unknown at this time if any further treatment, including plastic surgery, would reduce the visual appearance of the injury."
The lawsuit claims it is standard practice within the movie industry for either safety glass or a stunt double be used during the filming of such a scene, but neither were in this case.
"(The) injury was painful, required surgery and has resulted in mental distress to (Hickson) which she continues to struggle with to date. (She) was a busy, up and coming actor in the very competitive movie industry," the lawsuit reads.
"(Due to the injury) Hickson has struggled to find work as an actor... She states she has and will continue to suffer future financial losses in an amount to be proven at or before trial."
Hickson’s lawyer, Jason Harvey, did not immediately return a request for comment.
The owner of a local production facilitation company that worked on the film declined comment when reached by the Free Press.
Incident Productions Inc. was unable to be reached for comment by the time of publication.
None of the claims have been proven in court.
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Updated on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:01 PM CST: Adds second photo