During a 2011 production of The Expendables 2 in Bulgaria, one stuntman got killed in a stunt-gone-wrong. The family of Kun Liu, who had suffered wrongful dead, seeks justice now by suing producers for negligence and failure to take proper safety precautions.
In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Zong Yu Liu and Tan Mei Bai (the parents of the Chinese stunt) claim that production companies Nu Image and Millennium Films, as well as the film’s stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski, should take responsibility for their son’s death.
Neither star-screenwriter Sylvester Stalone nor director Simon West are listed as defendants in the lawsuit that alleges the following:
The defendants “recklessly organized, planned, set up, produced, directed, trained, coordinated and otherwise prepared for and implemented the stunt which involved the use of explosives and other similar ultra-hazardous activities in the rubber boat so as to cause an explosion, thereby injuring [Liu] and causing his death.”
The deadly scene was performed near the Ognyanovo Reservoir/Dam in the town of Elin Pelin, on October 27, 2011. During the shooting, Kun Liu carried out a stunt that involved use of high-powered explosives as well as other “ultra-hazardous activities.”
In the wake of the death of their 26-year-old son, Liu’s family requires more than $25k as compensation for funeral expenses and for the loss of their son’s “society, love, comfort, attention, services and support.”
Expendables 2 is set for a US release on August 17.