EXCLUSIVE: The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has denied Film Allman’s request for yet another discretionary review as the film company behind the ill-fated Midnight Rider tried for a third time to get out of paying a $74,900 fine and also being found guilty of a “willful” safety violation.
The case stems from the death of 27-year-old assistant camerawoman Sarah Jones and the injury to several others on the Doctortown train trestle in Georgia on February 20, 2014 when the supervising crew criminally trespassed and — after not informing their crew that they had been denied permission to be on the tracks — guided their employees onto live train tracks to steal a shot. Film Allman was set up by writer/producer/director Randall Miller and his wife/producer Jody Savin to film the Gregg Allman biopic.
Lawyers for the company disputed the OSHRC judge’s finding late last month. Film Allman now can take their opposing argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals or the 11th Circuit or the D.C. Circuit. They have a deadline of 60 days to do so. Attorneys for Film Allman were unavailable for comment.
Miller, exec producer/unit production manager Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz all pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in a Georgia courtroom earlier this year. Miller is in jail in Georgia. Sedrish and Schwartz are on 10 years probation.