REDWOOD CITY -- A worker injured by a tumble from a mobile toilet during the 2011 filming of "Chasing Mavericks" -- which centers on the legendary Peninsula surf break -- has sued the production company for negligence, his attorney said.
Erik Hattan, 49, of San Leandro, alleges the stairs on a bank of portable toilets, called a "honeywagon," gave way during filming in South San Francisco on Oct. 25, 2011, according to the suit he filed Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court. He says Iron Cross Productions, which wasn't reachable for comment, left the stairs in service even though they were broken.
Michael Solomon, Hattan's attorney, says the subsequent fall left his client with hip, back and ankle injuries.
The crew was working on the film, which starred Gerard Butler and Elizabeth Shue, at a shopping center at 2255 Gellert Blvd. when Hattan, a production assistant, fell. It wasn't immediately clear which scenes were filmed at that location, Solomon said.
The film tells the tale of young surfer Jay Moriarity's effort to ride the monster waves which break off the San Mateo County coast near Half Moon Bay. Local surfing legend Richard "Frosty" Hesson, played by Butler, helps the young Moriarity train to survive the waves.
The suit also names King Kong Production Vehicles.
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