There seems to be a lot of mystery around the death of The Walking Dead stuntman John Bernecker. While filming the series in Atlanta, the actor died during what a routine stunt. His mother promised to “seek justice” for her son.
The wrongful death suit blames AMC for allegedly doing things cheap and without the safety of the actors in mind. Bernecker’s mother referred to the cover-up as being as bad as the sexual harassments in Hollywood.
Basically, she believes that if a stuntman doesn’t do the stunt, he could lose his job.
Mother Of The Walking Dead Stuntman Sues AMC
“The production of Season 8 of The Walking Dead, like seasons before it, had an emphasis on keeping production budgets low and profits high,” said the lawsuit.
“The Stewart Film defendants’ numerous failures to take reasonable safety precautions were the direct result of the policies, pressure, and decisions from the AMC Defendants to produce The Walking Dead for minimum cost maximum profit.”
Officially, the network has said that their thoughts and prayers are with the Bernecker family as they try to resolve this issue.
Actor Austin Amelio Partially Blamed For Fall
AMC sent out a statement that read, “We take the safety of our employees on all of our sets extremely seriously, and meet or exceed industry safety standards. Out of respect for the family, we will have no further comment on this litigation.”
OSHA also recently fined The Walking Dead production company Stalwart Films $12,000 for “failing to protect employees from falling hazards.” No official details were listed about this new fine.
But the lawsuit apparently goes into official details about how the incident occurred, which has been hidden for months. The scene also probably has footage but it’s unclear if Bernecker’s mother has access to the footage.
Basically, The Walking Dead stuntman was to stunt fall off a 22-foot platform from a metal railing. Austin Amelio’s character was to shoot the stuntman but the actor wasn’t to touch the stuntman.
According to the lawsuit, Amelio touched or pushed the stuntman. “There was no ambulance or medical transport at the filming location.” And, they didn’t rehearse the fall beforehand.
The lawsuit essentially blames everyone involved in the incident.