Morgan Freeman Sued Over Car Crash

26 Feb

LOS ANGELES : A female passenger who was seated beside Morgan Freeman when his car crashed last August has sued the Oscar-winning actor for negligence and wants to clear her name from claims that she was his mistress.

Demaris Meyer stated that she was not in a romantic relationship with Freeman and had met the actor at a country club where they dined with mutual friends on the night of the accident.

Meyer explained that she was riding with Freeman because they were going to his ranch, since it was closer to her work than a friend’s home where she originally planned to stay. She added that the actor assured her she would not only have her own bedroom at the ranch, but “her own house”

“I have been labelled as the ‘other woman’ and have been accused of having caused the breakup of Mr Freeman’s marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Meyer said at a news conference in Los Angeles.

The crash happened on the night of August 3 in Charleston Mississippi when the actor lost control of his Nissan Maxima and struck a ditch and rolled over.

The lawsuit which Meyer filed also accuses Freeman of driving under the influence but he has not been charged him by Mississippi authorities.

Freeman suffered from a broken arm and elbow from the crash while Meyer, who was airlifted to a hospital, suffered numerous injuries, including a blow to the head resulting in cognitive difficulties and short-term memory loss.

In the lawsuit, she is seeking compensation to cover medical expenses and her permanent disability.

“We are confident this will all be resolved. We have no further comment on the current litigation,” said Freeman’s spokesman Ken Sunshine.

The 71-year-old actor who won an Oscar in 2005 for his supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” was separated from his wife of 24 years and was in the midst of a divorce at the time of crash.

– CNA/km

Channel News Asia

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