Gregg Allman was dropped last Thursday, Oct. 30th, from the civil lawsuit against the filmmakers behind his now-shuttered biopic Midnight Rider, based on his memoir My Cross to Bear. Allman, listed as an executive producer on the film, was originally included as a defendant, along with producer/director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin and others, in a lawsuit brought by the parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed Feb. 20th on the first day of filming outside Savannah when a train barreled over a railroad trestle on which the crew was shooting a scene.
“It is clear that Mr. Allman…had no involvement in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah’s death,” the family’s attorney, Jeff Harris, said in a press release. Also dropped from the civil lawsuit were executive producer Michael Lehman and the film’s distributor, Open Road Films.
Sarah Jones’ father, Richard Jones, also said in a press release, “During a very difficult and trying time for our family, Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman demonstrated their genuine sorrow over the loss of our daughter and their willingness to work with us in the future to ensure safe film sets for all. For that, we are grateful.”