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"Mermaid" Star Says Disney Threw Him Overboard

5/16/2008 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A guy who fell through a trap door on the stage of Broadway's "The Little Mermaid" says Disney is trying to make him look less banged-up than he really is.
Adrian Bailey
In a petition filed in New York, Adrian Bailey says the Mouse House told the press that he'd only suffered two broken wrists after falling 20 feet from a fake sailing ship onstage last Saturday. Bailey says that it was actually 30 to 40 feet, and that his injures -- ready to wince? -- include "a broken back, shattered pelvis, fractured sternum, multiple fractured ribs and a fractured foot, in addition to fractured wrists."

He wants Disney to leave the ship prop as is, so it can be "inspected." Disney Theatrical Productions released this statement to TMZ: "Out of respect to Adrian and his family and their request for privacy, we have refrained from making any additional comments in the media regarding his condition. We continue to respect those wishes and our hearts go out to Adrian as he recovers from this serious and unfortunate accident. We have launched a thorough investigation of the circumstances related to this incident and will continue making the safety of our company members our top priority."

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Looks like another load of clothes fo Ms. Obammy

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Can anyone say
Get your MF wash on!!!

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Gurl! I said Mane overbod! Nah. come git him clothz

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Cruisin' for a Bruisin'.

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Looks like the scheming lawyer is trying to make a bundle

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wow, a black guy with a law suit. thats hard ot understand, They have been put down for hundreds of years. Vote obamha

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i hope you know how to cast a ballot as well as you know how to spell

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get well soon    

This is why Disney needs to go back to the parks and stay out of the theater. The guy probably signed his life away and ACTORS EQUITY is a weak union. They wont do a thing for him. We need more old school Broadway producers. I hope he sues and makes a fortune. Between Equity and Disney, NY theater actors are treated worse than the elephants in the circus. Now we know why the stagehands went on strike...If it were up to Disney and theater owners who need the high rents, they would have no stagehands and just let the actors do it alone to save $$.

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for someone who had so many injuries just six days ago, he sure got himself a lawyer fast, didn't he? Can you say ambulance chaser?

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AEA rules state that harnesses and other safety precautions must be taken if something is over (I think) 10 feet high. Was there no harness being used or railing to keep him from falling? It sounds to me like something is being left out here, although I'm not sure who the guilty party is...

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AEA, im sure that there were railings, but it said that he fell through a trap door, so it wouldnt have helped him.

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Adrian Bailey is one of the nicest guys in the business, as well as super professional and very talented. That's why he's worked on Broadway for 32 years now. This couldn't have happened to a nicer person. I wish him lots of love and luck in his recovery.

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