Mia Goth is being sued by a background actor who says she purposefully kicked him in the head while shooting MaXXXine last spring.
James Hunter has accused Goth of battery and wrongful termination in court filings, which detail how she allegedly left him with a concussion and subsequently had him dismissed from his role. Film studio A24 and MaXXXine director Ti West are also listed as defendants in the suit.
In court documents obtained by Deadline, Hunter claims he was intentionally injured while playing the part of a “Dead Parishioner,” which required him to lay on the ground covered in fake blood without the protection of a prop pad. During the scene, Goth was supposed to step over the background actor’s body and run away. When she nearly stepped on him during one take, Hunter claims he alerted the second assistant director, only to see Goth retaliate.
Hunter says Goth later confronted him while he was in the bathroom, where she allegedly “taunted, mocked, and belittled” the background actor before daring him “to do anything” about what happened. In the court filings, Hunter claims he was offered no medical assistance and continued the shoot until the scene was completed.
The following day, the casting agency informed him he would not be returning to the shoot though he was initially hired for three days of filming. Upon suffering 48 hours of “head trauma symptoms” like “loss of memory, confusion, and disorientation,” the plaintiff went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.
Hunter is seeking $250,000 for “medical expenses,” “rehabilitation” and “related expenses,” in addition to “punitive and/or exemplary damages.” Neither A24, nor Goth or West, have publicly commented on the case.
Last April, it was revealed that filming had started on the film, which is the third instalment of West’s X trilogy, following on from X and Pearl. The film will take place in the 1980s, as Mia Goth reprises her role as X survivor Maxine Minx – a burlesque dancer and adult film actress who had goals of being a star in Hollywood. Starring alongside the Goth will be Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, and Kevin Bacon.