A background actor who worked on the film MaXXXine sued Mia Goth, claiming Goth intentionally kicked him in the head while filming a scene last April, according to a filing obtained by Rolling Stone.
The film distributor A24 and the film's director, Ti West, were also named as defendants. Goth was charged with assault, while A24 and West were charged with wrongful termination along with Goth.
Representatives for Goth and West did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone's request for comment. A representative for A24 could not immediately be reached.
James Hunter claimed in the lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles that he was hired to work on the film as a “dead community member.” During a take for one of the film's scenes, Goth almost stepped on Hunter's head, according to the lawsuit, and Goth was allegedly warned to be careful. On the next shot, according to the lawsuit, Goth “intentionally kicked Plaintiff in the head with her boot,” causing him to “immediately experience a headache and stiffness in his neck.”
Hunter claimed he reported the injury to an assistant director, who allegedly told Goth and West, but the plaintiff said no one offered him medical attention. After the scene, Hunter said, Goth “invaded plaintiff’s privacy in the bathroom; laughed at the plaintiff; plaintiff mocked, ridiculed, and belittled; and called on the plaintiff to do something about it.”
Hunter claimed the casting agency emailed him the next day to let him know he was out of the production. “Whatever happened, production does not want you back,” the agency said, according to the lawsuit.
In late April, Hunter allegedly sought medical treatment at Placentia-Linda Hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion, according to the lawsuit. Hunter is seeking $500,000 in damages.