An actress who claims she was injured after performing a rooftop parkour stunt for a tv advert whereas carrying ‘insufficient’ Zara footwear is suing for £200,000.
Amelie Leroy, 39, slipped after leaping from a stepladder onto a mocked-up tile roof whereas portraying a thief being chased by law enforcement officials in March 2017.
The actress, a educated martial artist, claims she suffered life-changing knee accidents within the fall and is suing ad-maker Band Movies Ltd for £200,000 in compensation.
Ms Leroy alleges the director insisted she carried out the stunt carrying ‘insufficient … vogue footwear’ made by Zara quite than parkour footwear with ‘enhanced grip’.
Nonetheless, the Somerset-based firm denies negligence and has insisted Ms Leroy selected to put on the completely ‘enough’ excessive avenue footwear herself.
Amelie Leroy (above), 39, slipped after leaping from a stepladder onto a mocked-up tile roof whereas portraying a thief being chased by law enforcement officials in March 2017
The actress, who’s expert in parkour, says she ruptured a ligament in her proper knee whereas filming the advert for a roof tile firm, impressed by Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Vertigo’, at a studio in Bristol.
Ms Leroy, from Surrey, claims her proper foot slipped on the roof as she adopted her director’s temporary to run off in a single ‘fluid’ motion instantly after touchdown from the ladder.
‘On the time of the accident the claimant was carrying Zara vogue footwear as in instructed by the defendants director,’ her barrister David White mentioned in papers filed at Central London County Court docket.
‘The claimant had her personal parkour footwear, these having enhanced grip, however the defendant requested the claimant to put on the Zara footwear.
The actress, a educated martial artist, claims she suffered life-changing knee accidents within the fall and is suing ad-maker Band Movies Ltd for £200,000 in compensation. Pictured: The advert
Ms Leroy alleges the director insisted she carried out the stunt carrying ‘insufficient … vogue footwear’ made by Zara quite than parkour footwear with ‘enhanced grip’. Pictured: The advert
‘The Zara footwear had poor grip and the grip was insufficient for what she was requested to carry out and the shiny floor she was to run on.
‘The claimant jumped from the wobbly ladder (and) landed on each toes able to run forwards as instructed.
‘As she pushed off to begin her run, her proper foot slipped on the floor of the roof, inflicting her proper foot to maneuver to the facet and the claimant to fall afterwards and maintain harm to her proper knee.
‘In brief the accident occurred as a result of, having jumped type the wobbly ladder, the claimant didn’t have time to stabilise herself earlier than commencing her run and her footwear was insufficient in that it did not not have enough traction on the slippery roof floor.’
Ms Leroy ‘felt one thing go’ in her knee and, though she accomplished filming, the actress later went by main reconstructive surgical procedure on her leg, Mr White mentioned.
She now has a full vary of motion, however allegedly capabilities at round 85 per cent of her pre-accident stage.
Band Movies Ltd denies negligence and has insisted Ms Leroy selected to put on the peerlessly ‘enough’ excessive avenue footwear (above) herself
It’s claimed the incident has impacted her bodily demanding performing profession.
Ms Leroy’s profession has concerned a wide range of demanding bodily and performing expertise together with parkour, dance, boxing, Jiu Jitsu, horse driving and swordplay.
‘She has ache on performing greater influence and twisting actions, martial arts, and any process that imposes extreme pressure on her proper knee,’ her barrister mentioned.
Her alleged accidents have additionally taken their toll on Ms Leroy’s different work as a physiotherapist, Mr White added.
He claimed the accident may have been averted had the movie firm taken extra cautious precautions, equivalent to using a stunt coordinator.
However defence legal professionals deny there was any want for a stunt boss given Ms Leroy’s stage of ability and the ‘easy, easy nature of the duty in query’.
The movie firm additionally denies that the roof was slippery in any respect or that the step-ladder was unstable
Additionally they contest that the roof was slippery in any respect or that the step-ladder was unstable, and deny that Ms Leroy was requested to put on vogue footwear.
‘She underwent a becoming at which she chosen the footwear that she, as a specialist bodily performer, felt most applicable for the duty,’ the corporate’s barrister Shaun Ferris mentioned in its written defence to the declare.
‘The Zara footwear chosen by Ms Leroy had enough grip to allow her to carry out the duty safely.’
A full danger evaluation was additionally carried out and each Ms Leroy and the producer had ‘walked by’ the scene earlier than the rehearsal kicked off, they declare.
On high of that, the corporate is difficult the quantity of compensation claimed, noting Ms Leroy’s ‘vital pre-accident historical past of harm to the identical knee’.
Ms Leroy has clocked up a number of credit for a variety of performs, TV reveals and flicks relationship again to 2012, together with horror films ‘Nest of Vampires’ and ‘Darkish Sign’.
A trial of the declare will happen at Central London County Court docket at a later date.