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The Dream

SUED for Someone Else's Horrific Car Crash

6/24/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0623_thedream_gettyThe Dream has been slapped with a major lawsuit by the victim of a brutal car crash in Georgia and what really makes it a nightmare for the R&B star ... he wasn't driving at the time ... or even there! 

Elaine Nowells filed a suit in Georgia, claiming one of Dream's record label employees, Patrick Thrall, T-boned her car while running a red light at a four-way intersection back in June 2010. Nowells claims the accident was so brutal, the car was knocked on its side and slid down the street.

Nowells claims she broke her back in the accident and suffered mental and physical pain due to "the shock, fright and terror she experienced." She claims she suffered permanent injuries and says her medical expenses are through the roof.

In her suit, Nowells claims the accident was all Thrall's fault ...  because she says Thrall was distracted by his GPS at the time.

Nowells filed her suit against Thrall ... but added The Dream and his company as defendants as well. She alleges that since Thrall was on-duty at the time, they can all be held financially responsible.

The Dream himself dropped TMZ an email to say, "Pat Thrall Is NOT an EMPLOYEE of Radiokilla Records, IDJ, or any of its affiliate companies. He is an independent contractor (engineer) who was on the way to his hotel when the accident occurred. We are sorry to hear about her injuries and we hope she gets better."

He added, "We are almost certain that her attorneys put pressure on her to file a lawsuit. Unfortunately, that's the NEW American Dream. Can't win in life, sue someone who can."


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it is called hired and non-owned auto. It is not stupid that she is suing the company and the respective owner. Also his general liability policy should cover defending the company. Even with a independent contractor the line is so fine that they would be covered.

819 days ago

frnacisco 2010    

what a great truth... "that's the NEW American Dream. Can't win in life, sue someone who can"

819 days ago


Mostly, it's the GD lawyers that initiate the lawsuits and, in this case, initiate it against someone not even remotely at fault because he has money. Regardless of any injuries, it's SOP to claim injury and try to squeeze insurance companies and individuals out of as much as a stupid jury will give them. Then people blame insurance companies for the rates. Lawyers should be held accountable for their clients. They should stick to facts rather than trying to con a jury into believing their crap and they should be held accountable for any future crimes committed by clients who they get acquitted by manufactured reasons. If they know a client is guilty, then let them get convicted. I know it doesn't work that way but it sure doesn't work the way it's going.

819 days ago
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