Stuntwoman Olivia Jackson has won the latest court ruling in her legal fight against a company involved in Resident Evil: The Chapter over an on-set accident that caused life-changing injuries.
During production on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, stuntwoman Olivia Jackson was severely injured when her motorcycle collided with a camera crane during the filming of a stunt. The accident left Jackson in a medically-induced coma for two weeks and resulted in her left arm being amputated, paralysis of the top left quarter of her body, facial damage, and several more injuries.
Now, The South African High Court has ruled that the Resident Evil stunt sequence was negligently planned and executed by the local company that had been operating the camera and filming vehicle, Bickers Action SA. The court also dismissed the company’s allegation that Olivia Jackson riding was at fault.
Olivia Jackson made the following statement on the court ruling:
“I miss my old face. I miss my old body. I miss my old life. At least I now finally have a court judgment that proves this stunt was badly planned and that it was not my fault. But it really hurts that I have to live with the aftermath of other people’s mistakes, when, aside from a short period of my hospitalisation in South Africa, none of the people who made those mistakes or profited from this film that made $312M have actually supported me financially.”
Julian Chamberlayne of Stewarts, the firm representing Olivia Jackson, made the following statement:
“Action movies that require people to carry out dangerous stunts should always be very carefully planned and performed. They should also be backed by insurance that can meet the very significant life-long losses that could be incurred by any member of the cast and crew who is seriously injured. This judgment is an important recognition that stunt performers are not themselves inherently responsible, nor willing but disposable volunteers when something goes wrong. Like all workers they are owed a duty of care by those responsible for the safest possible performance of the stunt.”
In 2019, Olivia Jackson filed a separate suit in Los Angeles against Resident Evil: The Final Chapter director Paul W.S. Anderson, producer Jeremy Bolt, and their production companies for breach of oral contract and misrepresentation. However, the suit was dismissed by a Superior Court judge.
Here is the official synopsis for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter:
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
Written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, Rola, Lee Joon-Gi, William Levy, and Iain Glen.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.