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SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico woman working as a production assistant on the set of the movie “Cowboys & Aliens” has filed a lawsuit claiming she was seriously injured during filming near Santa Fe.
The sci-fi Western starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig was filmed in various locations throughout New Mexico and topped the box office charts when it opened last summer.
Lawyers for Tiffany Patterson said she was pulled through the air more than 100 feet before being tossed to the ground. Her lawyers describe her injuries as “massive” after a large filter screen used for filming scenes took off in high winds.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the suit filed last week in state District Court in Santa Fe said Patterson and others tried to hold the 1,000-pound filter by ropes when it got caught in the wind during an Aug. 5, 2010, storm.
“Because the filter became like a giant sail, it lifted Tiffany over 20 feet off the ground and tossed her across the movie set,” the lawsuit states.
Named as defendants are filmmakers Dream-Works Productions and DW Studios LLC, along with Crane Service Inc., of Albuquerque.
The suit said a crane operated by the Albuquerque company was being used to hoist and hold the filter screen in the air when the windstorm hit. The lawsuit alleges negligence by DreamWorks and Crane Service in part because “there were numerous warnings” about high winds the day of the accident, but the big filter was not lowered.
The suit asks for unspecified monetary damages, including punitive damages, for Patterson.
A message was left with DW Studios seeking comment.