August 28, 2008
More not-so-hot news for Tom Cruise's movie studio UA: it's being sued by 11 Nazi-bedecked extras who tumbled out of the back of a troop-carrier truck during last year's Valkyrie shoot in Berlin. The accident happened as the truck swung around a corner in the city center, with the extras ending up in hospital with an array of injuries (bumps, broken ribs, strained ligaments). The Valkyrie 11 are suing for an eye-popping $11 million, according to German mag Der Spiegel, to get over the trauma of their scrapes and bruises, which came about when the side railings on the truck gave way. Their lawyer alleges that an internal studio memo mentioning the rickety railings proves UA knew the trucks weren't safe. (Cruise wasn't on set at the time of the mishap.) Naturally, she doesn't really expect UA to fork over a million bucks for each of her clients - in fact, she's still waiting for the studio to respond to her initial missive. But she is intent on reaching a settlement. (How about an all-expenses-paid vacation for her clients to the Scientology Celebrity Center in LA?