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William Hurt Drops Out Of Gregg Allman Biopic Due To Film Crew Death

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Actor William Hurt speaks during the 'Moby Dick' panel during the Encore portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
The troubled Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider" suffered another blow this week as one of the film's stars, William Hurt, dropped out in the wake of an on-set accident in February that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured seven others.

Production on the film, based on Allman's memoir "My Cross to Bear," has been shut down since the February 20 tragedy in Wayne County, Ga., when the crew was shooting a scene that involved a bed sitting on a train track on a narrow trestle.

Hurt -- who was playing an older Allman -- has been outspoken in his criticism of the set that night; he told the Los Angeles Times that there was "not enough time" for the actors and crew to get off the  trestle they were shooting when a train unexpectedly came down the track and voiced his concerns on set. But Hurt added that, "No one backed me up. Then we just went ahead. I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing."

Hurt said the cast and crew had about 30 seconds to abandon the area and were unable to remove the bed from the track. Some Hollywood film crew workers are now boycotting the production, which also faces charges of criminal trespass, obstructing a railroad line and even homicide in Georgia as well as the likelihood of a civil suit from Jones' family. Tyson Ritter of the band All American Rejects, who's playing the younger Allman, is still with the film, but there's no word yet on when shooting will resume, if at all.