LOS ANGELES -- David Carradine's widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a French company handling the actor's last film, claiming the company should not have left him alone the night before he died.
Anne Carradine filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Thursday against MK2 S.A., which was responsible for the production of "Stretch."
Bangkok filming the movie when he was found hanging naked in a closet inside his luxury hotel room last June.
According to the lawsuit, the company promised to provide Carradine the
best possible amenities and an assistant to help him navigate
Bangkok. But, the suit alleges, the assistant left him behind for dinner on the night before the actor was found dead. The assistant and other film staffers apparently could not reach Carradine, and decided to leave without him.
Carradine called the assistant an hour later but was told the
group was across town and he would have to make his own
arrangements that evening.
"Defendants were negligent in failing to follow industry
standard and provide David Carradine, the performer, with
sufficient assistant during the course of filming Stretch in
Bangkok, Thailand," the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit also claims Carradine's widow, Anne, has run into
difficulties collecting on an insurance policy that MK2 was
required to have for the actor.
Carradine, star of the popular "Kung Fu" television series and
films such as "Kill Bill," had been in the city only three days.
The lawsuit does not offer any additional details on the actor's death, however, it has been reported he died of auto-erotic asphyxiation. Thai officials have never released the results of their investigation.
The lawsuit does not state how much Anne Carradine is seeking.
According to the film database IMDB.com, production on
"Stretch" was halted earlier this year.