A short-lived HBO drama series continues to create problems for the pay-cable network, which has been named in a lawsuit over the series.
HBO and the American Humane Association were sued by a former senior employee of the AHA, who is alleging she was wrongfully terminated for complaining about alleged abuse and mistreatment of horses on HBO’s canceled "Luck," the Los Angeles Times reports.
Barbara Casey, former director of production for the AHA’s film and television unit, alleges that the AHA stymied her efforts to enforce the group’s animal safety standards and prevent "animal abuse and cruelty." "Luck" was shut down in March 2012 after the deaths of three horses, the piece notes.
A representative for the AHA said it was unable to comment on pending legal matters.
HBO responded to the suit by saying: "We took every precaution to ensure that our horses were treated humanely and with the utmost care, exceeding every safeguard of all protocols and guidelines required of the production. Barbara Casey was not an employee of HBO, and any questions regarding her employment should be directed to the AHA."
Created by David Milch, “Luck” was a high-profile project that starred Dustin Hoffman and focused on the world of thoroughbred racing. Nine episodes were produced of the series, which also featured Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Jill Hennessy and Nick Nolte.