Chicago trip-and-fall: Pedestrian sues NBC for fall on “Public Enemies” set
05/26/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Chicago, IL—A pedestrian who was injured on the set of “Public Enemies” filed a lawsuit in the Cook County Circuit Court on May 19, 2010. John McManus reportedly tripped and fell on fake trolley tracks, leaving him severely injured, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
The set of “Public Enemies” was designed to replicate the 1930’s, where the crew installed rubber cobblestones and trolley tracks, around the historic Biograph Theatre. As McManus was crossing Lincoln Avenue at the Fullerton and Halstead intersection in May 2007, he tripped as he walked over the fake cobblestones. McManus’ feet reportedly sank into the rubber, causing his left foot to get caught underneath the metal trolley tracks. As a result he fell, leaving him with serious injuries. The exact nature of the injuries were not disclosed.
The lawsuit alleges that there were no signs, barriers or warning to alert anyone of the fake stones and tracks.
NBC Universal Inc., and its subsidiaries, PE Production LLC and Universal City Studios LLLP, and other unknown defendants were named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is seeking an upwards of $50,000 for permanent physical injuries.
The movie “Public Enemies” focused on the true storey of Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis’s (Christian Bale) attempt to stop criminals John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham), and Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum).
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