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'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios

10/5/2010 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The "Transformers 3" extra who suffered brain damage in a grisly on-set accident just slapped Paramount and DreamWorks studios with a lawsuit for negligence.

Gabriella Cedillo

The lawsuit -- filed in Cook County Court of Illinois -- alleges the studios and location managers for the film were negligent in coordinating and executing a stunt last month in Indiana. 

Gabriela Cedillo was an extra on the set when, as we previously reported, a tow cable being used for a stunt snapped, causing a piece of metal to slice through her skull.

The lawsuit claims a long list of failures on the part of the production team ... among them -- failure to use proper materials and proper welding, failure to provide adequate safety precautions, and failure to keep personnel on set at a safe distance.

The suit also claims the production, "Allowed untrained extras to drive their own vehicles within close proximity to a violent stunt involving large vehicles." Cedillo was driving her own car when the tow cable snapped.

Cedillo's attorney tells us she is completely paralyzed on the left side of her body, and she is currently at a rehabilitation center.

Cedillo is suing for unspecified damages in excess of $50,000. Paramount and DreamWorks did not immediately return our calls for comment.

UPDATE: A rep for Paramount says, "We are all terribly sorry that this accident occurred. The production will continue to provide all the help we can to Gabriela and her family during this difficult time."


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iamsuperdan    

She's a stunt person. She should know the risks involved wit hdoing thsi kind of work. And should be aware that tow cables and straps sometimes do snap.

how serious can can this be if she's asking for such a small number? If it was a truly serious and permanent injury, wouldn't that number have more zeroes on it?

1480 days ago
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DJ    

$50,000 plus! Are you kidding me! Dreamworks insurance can pony up 10 times that and more. Besides being partially paralyzed, her face is probably disfigured. Stay strong and go after them!

1480 days ago
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BlahBlahBlah    

You have to be kidding me, did you mean $5,000,000.00?

1480 days ago
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Sam    

I'd be suing for more than $50,000. And she deserves every penny. I hope she gets well.

1480 days ago
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Matt    

@ iamsuperdan

Did you not read the article at all? She is not a stunt woman. She's a low paid EXTRA.

1480 days ago
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me    

iamsuperdan read the article it states

"The suit also claims the production, "Allowed untrained extras to drive their own vehicles within close proximity to a violent stunt involving large vehicles." Cedillo was driving her own car when the tow cable snapped."

She was an extra not a stunt person who knows the risk. She should ask for way more she will live with this the rest of her life and it will affect her livelyhood.

1480 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

I think is just a legal glitch...bein OVER 50,000..trust me...lawyers will be addin lotsa zeros..and she will get!

1480 days ago
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Truth    

50 GRAND?!! GOTS TO BE A BIG AZZ JOKE!! DREAMWORKS AND PARAMOUNT WOULD SETTLE IN A MINUTE. TOTALLY CHEAP WAY FOR THEM TO ESCAPE A REAL LAWSUIT!! SUE THEM FOR 50 MILLION IS MORE LIKE IT.

1480 days ago
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RDOG    

@9.....thank you, its 50k plus!!!!! there hasn't been a set amount yet...This lawsuit will have minimum 7 zeroes

1480 days ago
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RDOG    

Idiots.....legally its 50k plus, doesn't mean just 50k....She could be suing for 100 million, the amount just isn't specified

1480 days ago
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Dave    

Obviously a typo. . .probably closer to 5 million

1480 days ago
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No Surprise    

I feel sorry for your injuries, sweetie. If I were you I would sue for way more than what you are asking; it's so obvious that you were left paralyzed and brain dead.

1480 days ago
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ThinkingWoman    

She's a stunt person. She should know the risks involved wit hdoing thsi kind of work. And should be aware that tow cables and straps sometimes do snap.

how serious can can this be if she's asking for such a small number? If it was a truly serious and permanent injury, wouldn't that number have more zeroes on it?

Posted at 3:05 PM on Oct 5, 2010 by iamsuperdan
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No, she is not a stunt person. She was working as an extra driving her personal vehicle in a scene.

Believe me, there are plenty of zeroes in that "over $50,000" amount.

1480 days ago
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Dave    

Come to think of it, probably closer to 50 million

1480 days ago
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Kay    

It said in excess of $50,000. Which for all we know could be anything from $50,0001 to infinity. Whatever the amount, she deserves it.

1480 days ago
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