Weinstein sues auto company above Jeep crash

The former Hollywood motion picture producer Harvey Weinstein, now in jail after getting convicted of sexual intercourse crimes, has sued the US business of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in excess of a 2019 crash in which he flipped a Jeep Wrangler though striving to steer clear of a deer.

Weinstein is searching for $US5 million ($A6.9 million) in damages, expressing the August 17, 2019 incident in Bedford, New York still left him “catastrophically wounded and rendered paralysed” with “major and continuing mindful ache and suffering” from what his attorney identified as “intense spine and back injuries”.

According to the criticism filed in a New York condition court docket in Manhattan, Weinstein was sporting his seatbelt when the brakes on the 2017 Wrangler failed as he approached the deer, causing a rollover.

Weinstein reported the defendant FCA US LLC, now owned by Stellantis, had supplied him the “unreasonably hazardous” car in exchange for product or service placement in a single of his films.

Bedford is about 64km north of Manhattan.

“We intend to vigorously defend our solution against these promises,” Stellantis reported in a assertion.

Gary Kavulich, a law firm for Weinstein, disputed press stories suggesting his client was uninjured, stating Weinstein instructed authorities he was harm at the time of the accident.

“He is in frequent suffering, it is debilitating,” Kavulich mentioned in a statement, introducing that negotiations with FCA to avert a lawsuit “went on for months and months”.

Weinstein, 70, is serving a 23-calendar year prison sentence following his February 2020 jury conviction in Manhattan for sexual assault and rape.

A New York point out appeals court docket upheld the conviction on Thursday.

The scenario remains the maximum-profile trial in the MeToo movement against sexual misconduct by prominent males.

Weinstein underwent again surgical procedures in December 2019 and employed a walker through the trial.

He is awaiting trial in Los Angeles on other alleged sex crimes from 2004 to 2013, and has pleaded not guilty.

Weinstein has denied any non-consensual sexual encounters.

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