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Man Drops Out of Lawsuit Against City of Santa Monica, Wife Doesn't

"Dumb and Dumber" actress Lisa Stothard is suing the city of Santa Monica over an ice skating collision at a city-owned seasonal rink that left her dependent on a wheelchair.

The ICE seasonal skating rink in Santa Monica. Patch file photo.
The ICE seasonal skating rink in Santa Monica. Patch file photo.

Actor Daniel Bernhardt has dropped out as a plaintiff in a lawsuit in which his wife, "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lisa Stothard, is suing the city of Santa Monica over an ice skating collision at a city-owned seasonal rink that left her dependent on a wheelchair.

Stothard and Bernhardt filed the lawsuit last Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. She alleges negligence and premises liability, while he sued for loss of consortium. However, an amended complaint was filed Friday in which Stothard was the only plaintiff.

The suit seeks unspecified damages. However, in a claim filed prior to the suit, Stothard's damages were listed at more than $2 million.

A representative of the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office did not reply to a request for comment.

According to the complaint, Stothard's right ankle and leg were broken in three places -- two of which were serious compound fractures -- when another skater collided with her at ICE, a downtown ice skating rink, on Jan. 18. Stothard went to the rink with her daughter, Bella, to celebrate another child's birthday, according to the suit.

Many of the skaters were children and teens who were skating at an excessive rate of speed, according to the plaintiff, which alleges city employees saw the risky skating but did nothing to stop it.

"Since the operation, (Stothard) has been unable to walk," the suit says. "She currently requires a wheelchair in order to move around her home. (She) is unable to drive or perform her duties as Bella's mother or (Bernhardt's) wife."

The 51-year-old actress, whose film credits include roles in the 1998 Angelina Jolie film "Gia" and the 1996 film "Kingpin," also suffers from flashbacks and recurring nightmares, according to her lawsuit.

Bernhardt's credits include "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

--City News Service


forty9er_angel@yahoo.com April 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Ridiculous
Kage25x April 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Really flashbacks, nightmares and a wheelchair? Why couldn't she use crutches or those cool new scooters. Give me a friggen break. Her "career" isn't going well. She's really showing her greed. $50.00 bucks says she's doing the Santa Monica stairs this morning.
RB Meg April 22, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Get the case details on www.casetree.com

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