"Transformers 3" Worker Files Injury Lawsuit

The movie's studio refused to comment

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Friday, Nov 5, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 AM CDT
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The filmmakers behind "Transformers 3" are facing more legal action in connection with their filming stint in the Chicago-area.

William Kennedy alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court that he suffered serious injuries while working on special effects last July.

The welder claims a temporary control panel installed in a building at 2558 W. 16th St., was "negligently wired" to pump out 220 volts. He alleges no one warned him before he plugged in a grinder that needed half of that voltage, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The equipment started spinning violently causing "severe and permanent damage to his arm," according to the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for Paramount Pictures said the studio has not seen the suit and refused to comment.

The family of Gabriela Cedillo, a movie extra critically injured during filming, is also suing Paramount.

The 24-year-old Chicago woman was struck by an object that came through her windshield while she drove her car on the Northwest Indiana set in September.

Cedillo is permanently brain damaged, said relatives. 

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