The new Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt (read our review here), mere days after it’s release, is already living up to the band’s reputation by amassing a good amount of controversy. In this particular case, the controversy has nothing to do with the band’s reputation or the films portrayal of their less than politically correct behavior way back when. Instead, this situation has to do with the making of the film last year. According to the Advocate, a crew member claims he was injured on the set as a result of the production’s failure to provide a safe working environment.
Louis DiVincenti, a rigging grip, is seeking damages including $1.8 million in medical bills. In the lawsuit, he alleges Netflix and the producers of the movie are liable for the production’s failure to address electrical hazards on the New Orleans set. The Munch Factory restaurant in the Lower Garden District was turned into the infamous Whisky A Go-Go using practical effects along with green screen technology which would allow parts of the club to be digitally added later. On March 10th, 2018, DiVincenti was taking down one of the green screens when a metal support pole made contact with an electrical line causing him to sustain a life threatening injury. Severe burns covered half his body and doctors gave him a 2 percent chance of survival.
DiVincenti survived and on March 1st of this year, filed papers in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
There has been no statements have been made yet by Netflix or the films producers which include band members Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx.