Morgan Freeman survives crash, but not lawsuit

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Morgan Freeman survives crash, but not lawsuit

Thu Feb 26, 2009 @ 04:49PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Freeman,morgan Oh, the troubles that lawyers get their clients into sometimes.

Morgan Freeman is being sued in Mississippi after he allegedly got inebriated and lost control while driving his Nissan Maxima on the way home. The car flipped in the air "several times" and then went into a ditch. The passenger, Demaris Meyer, was airlifted to a Memphis hospital, allegedly suffered "serious and disabling injuries, including a broken left wrist and right scapula, a torn labrum in her right shoulder, pulmonary contusions, cervical strain and numerous bruises and lacerations."

She's now suing Freeman for unspecified damages. Here's the complaint.

Here's where Freeman's identified lawyer, William Luckett, comes into the picture: It was supposedly Luckett who introduced Freeman to Meyer at the Bayou Bend Golf & Country Club. Later, it was Luckett's home where the party continued (and where alcohol allegedly was provided). There, Freeman invited Meyer back home with him, "indicating that not only would Ms. Meyer have her own bedroom in which to stay, she would have her 'own house.'"

If the case goes to trial, we assume that Luckett might have to recuse himself as Freeman's attorney to possibly testify. We assume Freeman will be looking for a new lawyer.

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