The woman riding shotgun with Morgan Freeway last August when he was seriously injured in a car crash has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the 71-year-old actor, holding him responsible for her injuries.
Demaris Meyer and Freeman were traveling home from a dinner party at the Bayou Bend Golf and Country Club in Mississippi, when lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road. The car flipped several times, and landed upright in a ditch about 5 miles west of Charleston.
Since the accident, Meyer was not only injured, but was also publicly accused of being the actor’s mistress because — at the time — nobody knew who she was and why Freeman was driving with her late at night in the midst of a divorce from his wife.
“I have been labeled as the ‘other woman’ and have been accused of having caused the breakup of Mr. Freeman’s marriage,” she said at a news conference. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I had hoped and prayed that Mr. Freeman or his representatives would have set the record straight and cleared my name, but they have not done so and that is why I have chosen to come forward to tell the truth about our relationship.”
She claims the two met at the dinner party and Freeman was a “perfect gentleman” that evening. He later agreed to let her stay at one of three houses on his property, so that she “would have an easier drive to work the next morning.”
According to the Associated Press, Meyer’s suit claims that Freeman failed to keep a proper lookout, maintain attention, keep the vehicle under control and obey the posted speed limit.
She is suing for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability and property damage. However, it is not know how much in damages she is seeking. Since the accident, Meyer says Freeman has only provided her with “minimal support”.
As a result of the accident, Meyer suffered a broken left wrist and right scapula, sustained various cuts and bruises, and memory loss — all of which have left her unable to return to work as an executive assistant. Freeman was also injured in the accident.
A rep for Freeman said that the actor was confident the matter will be resolved.