“America’s Got Talent” and NBCUniversal have been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from an incident in which a wheelchair-bound woman died after a fall outside a taping of the show.
Deadline reports that the suit was filed the family of the woman, who died three months after being injured in the fall.
The 20-page complaint was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the estate of Maureen Allen. The suit says Allen’s fall at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in March 2017 “required multiple hospitalizations and operations” and “was a substantial factor in causing her death.”
Among those named in the suit are FremantleMedia North America, producer of “America’s Got Talent,” and the City of Pasadena.
Deadline reports: “The suit says Allen and her husband were volunteering at a county-sponsored science and engineering fair when she tried to enter the venue. It says they ‘discovered that all disabled access points to the Auditorium appeared to be blocked off. They were advised that the NBC television show “America’s Got Talent” was filming on the premises beginning the next day or soon thereafter, and the television show’s trailers and equipment were blocking all handicap access points to the building except for one. … However, in order to gain access to [that ramp], individuals with disabilities were forced to navigate and maneuver over a large power cord protector that obstructed the only available path of travel.’”
The suit says Allen fell “while attempting to maneuver her wheelchair over [the] obstruction” and was “violently thrown off her scooter onto the hard pavement,” sustaining head and arm injuries and a broken hip.
She allegedly developed a blood clot and had a stroke the next day. After as many as eight procedures reportedly stemming from the injuries, Allen died June 25.