Film Fridays – Edward Norton’s production company sued after Brooklyn fire

The mom of a special needs child is suing actor Edward Norton’s production company after her apartment building went up in flames during the filming of a movie there.

Erica Cruz lived on the fourth floor of the Harlem, New York, building, which Norton’s company was using as a set for “Motherless Brooklyn” — a film starring Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, and Alec Baldwin.

Late last Thursday night, a fire broke out during filming, killing decorated 15-year veteran FDNY firefighter Lt. Michael Davidson, 37. Two other firefighters suffered serious burns, officials said, and several civilians received minor injuries.

David Jaroslawicz, an attorney for Cruz, filed the $5 million lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday, the same day that thousands mourned Davidson during a funeral.

Cruz’s brother, George Cruz, who holds the lease for the apartment, is also listed as a plaintiff.

“They’re homeless,” Jaroslawicz said. “Part of the reason they want to bring suit rapidly is in the hope that the movie company at least would come up with enough money, either as a loan or as a partial payment, to permit them to live somewhere.”

– Excerpt from an article written by Elizabeth Chuck for NBC News. Find the full article here

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