A crew member who claimed he was severely burned while working on the set of the Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt last year in New Orleans has sued the band and the streaming service.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, rigging grip Louis DiVincenti claims in a lawsuit filed against band members Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil and Netflix that the production failed to properly address electrical hazards near the Munch Factory restaurant in New Orleans' Lower Garden District during filming.
The Advocate reported that the suit claims DiVincenti was shocked by a power line that caused second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, leading to seven weeks in a burn unit at a local hospital. DiVincenti is reportedly seeking $1.8 million in medicals bills in the suit that was filed on March 1.
The movie chronicling the debauched glam metal band's rise to rock prominence in the late 1980s -- which was laregely filmed in Louisiana -- debuted on Netflix last week. The suit claims that on on March 10, 2018, the Munch Factory was done up to look like the legendary L.A. rock club Whiskey A-Go-Go, with DiVincenti tasked with setting up and taking down green screen and lighting mounts when he handed a metal pipe supporting the green screens down to another crew member below when one of them hit a power line.
An elecrical current then reportedly arced through his body and blew out through is right foot. The rigger was rushed to a local hospital where doctors reportedly gave him a two percent chance of survival; the severe burns he suffered over half his body reportedly required numerous surgeries, skin grafts and the amputation of his right foot. The suit claims the production failed to take proper safety precautions, including making sure power lines were de-energized, and should thus be held liable for his injuries.
At the time of the incident, The Hollywood Reporter reported on the accident, with a rep for the film saying, "Even though all of our safety protocols were in place, an accident did occur and a crewmember was injured by electricity."
Spokespeople for Netflix and Mötley Crüe could not be reached for comment at press time. Billboard has also reached out to DiVincenti's legal team for comment.