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Porsche Files Response To Meadow Walker's Wrongful Death Lawsuit — Says Paul Walker 'Assumed All Risk'
Back in September, the late Fast & Furious star's daughter Meadow Walker filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car company, stating that the Porsche Carrera GT lacked safety features that could have prevented the accident.
According to court documents obtained by E! News, Porsche responded to the accusations, saying:
This is both touching and fascinating.
After Paul Walker died in a November 2013 car accident filming Furious 7, director James Wan and the visual effects team were tasked with digitally re-creating the late franchise star in several scenes to complete the film.
Filmmakers didn't want to discuss which shots were which at the time of the film's release, as they thought it would be distracting.
But nearly two years after the star's death, the film's creative team at Weta has revealed out of the 350 shots they worked on, a few scenes in which that they had to re-create the actor were especially challenging to pull off.
Surprisingly, artists said that the fast-paced action scenes were the easier scenes to work on. Visual-effects supervisor Martin Hill said the toughest were:
Last week, the Internet went crazy when pictures of Vin Diesel sporting a softer bod were released. While we think the 48-year-old always looks sexy, he took to Instagram with a series of snaps over the weekend to prove he's still got it!
As a response to criticism for his "dad bod," the Fast & Furious star captioned a pic showing off his rock-hard abs:
"The pic from yesterday… For those who wanted the show… For all the angels that love dad bod regardless… I will post an exclusive video on my Facebook when I am done with press today. #LastWitchHunter #HappyCreative"
We can't wait for this video! While it's not necessary for him to defend himself, we definitely don't mind the show!
In a second (and clothed) picture, the actor
Well, this didn't take long.
On Tuesday, Porsche responded to Meadow Walker's wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her late father, Paul Walker.
Meadow had sued the company on the grounds that the Porsche Carrera GT, the vehicle Walker was driving at the time of his deadly accident, is too dangerous and shouldn't have been on the road to begin with.
Obviously, Porsche didn't skip a beat in their curt response, stating:
Paul Walker's daughter Meadow has filed a lawsuit against Porsche for the wrongful death of her father.
The late actor was riding in a Porsche Carrera GT in the car crash that resulted in his untimely passing. According to the papers filed by the 16-year-old's lawyers, the Furious 7 star had survived the impact, but the seatbelt had "snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis" so he couldn't get out of the vehicle.
The documents said that when the car caught fire almost a minute and a half later, Paul "breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned."
While authorities had said the accident was caused because the car's driver, Roger Rodas, was speeding over 80 miles per hour, the suit says he wasn't going faster than 71 MPH.
Meadow's lawyers also claimed the car wouldn't have lost control if it had a better stabilization system.
The papers say the Carrera GT model had "a history of instability and control issues," and the manufacturers were fully aware of that.
The teen's lawyers argue that Porsche should have included its Stability Management System in the vehicle — which is found in a variety of its cars — because it would have stopped the swerving.
But they believe the company left them out of the design on purpose.
The lawsuit also targeted other parts, pointing out that they allowed the car to catch fire. Meadow's team has spoken out, saying Porsche knew the GT wasn't safe enough to be on the road.
[Image via Meadow Walker/Instagram.]