DJ AM Files Lawsuit Over Learjet Crash
First Published: December 24, 2008 12:50 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- DJ AM has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court over the Learjet crash he and friend Travis Barker escaped from in September.
According to TMZ, DJ AM, who goes by the legal name of Adam Goldstein, filed suit against Learjet, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Global Exec Aviation, Clay Lacy Aviation and the estates of the pilots of the plane, which crashed in Columbia, South Carolina, this past fall.
In his suit, the celebrity DJ claims the training of the pilots — Sarah Lemmon, 31, and James Bland, 52 – who both died in the crash alongside bodyguard Charles Still and friend Chris Baker, was a factor in the crash.
“The pilots were either poorly trained and/or failed to follow their training,” the lawsuit reads, according to People.
DJ AM also claims in his suit that the plane was “defective, not fit for its intended purposes and unreasonably dangerous,” according to People.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, DJ AM and Barker were hospitalized following the crash. Both he and Barker were treated for second and third degree burns.
According to the Associated Press, Bland’s wife declined to comment on the suit, while a phone number for Lemmon’s mother could not be located.
Last month, Barker filed a lawsuit against the plane’s owners, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and a maintenance company, seeking more than $25,000 in damages, according to the AP, who were not able to reach the defendants for comment.
Thelma Martin Still, mother of the Charles Still, also filed a lawsuit against the companies.
Thelma Still and Barker did not name the estates of the pilots as defendants in their lawsuits, according to People.
However, like DJ AM, Baker’s widow filed a lawsuit naming the estates of the pilots as defendants.
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