Actor Freeman answers claims in accident lawsuit

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Actor Morgan Freeman says he doesn’t know about allegations he had “drinks” before a car wreck in which he was the driver.
Freeman’s statement was in answer to a lawsuit filed last February by Demaris Meyer, the passenger in the car.
His answer was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Oxford, through his attorney, Jack Hayes Jr. of Columbus.
Meyer claims Freeman offered to drive her vehicle last July after they met at Bayou Bend Golf & Country Club southeast of Clarksdale, and during that trip, Freeman lost control of the car. The two were seriously injured.
She is suing for an unspecified amount of damages she claims should include past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, permanent disability property damages and emotional distress.
California attorney Gloria Allred is one of her lawyers. No trial date is set.
In his answer to her lawsuit, Freeman denies having at least one more drink at the home of his friend and business partner, Bill Luckett, before they departed for Freeman’s home near Charleston.
He also denies having invited her to spend the night at his home.
While he admits driving her 1997 Nissan Maxima, he denies losing control of the car, overcorrecting his steering and other descriptions of the accident. And he denies any negligence involved with the accident or of causing her injuries.
In his defense, Freeman will show Meyer played some role in what happened, the legal document states.
He also claims “assumption of risk,” which means Meyer knew she accepted risk when she got into the car.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.