An alleged HBO cover-up over cruel conditions for animals and deaths to several horses has resulted in a "Luck" lawsuit. The suit has been brought by a former American Humane Association Employee against Luck's producer and the HBO network.
As reported on Jan. 2 by TV Guide via OMG! Yahoo, a lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and contends that the AHA saw horses that were drugged, underweight, and/or sick being used to work on the show "Luck." Some of the horses were also alleged to be "misidentified by producers" in an effort to prevent animal safety reps from tracking medical histories.
The lawsuit was filed by former AHA employee Barbara Casey, who believes she was fired in retaliation for wanting to report criminal activity to law enforcement authorities. Now she is looking for general and punitive damages.
HBO gave the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter on the matter, saying:
"We took every precaution to ensure that our horses were treated humanely and with the utmost care, exceeding every safeguard of all protocols and guidelines required of the production. Barbara Casey was not an employee of HBO, and any questions regarding her employment should be directed to the AHA."
The show "Luck" on HBO was cancelled as of last March after three horses died on set. There had also been a complaint sent by PITA which asked Los Angeles law enforcement "to investigate the deaths of two horses during the filming of the first season."
Roanoke television viewers were able to watch the series "Luck," starring Dustin Hoffman, on HBO via Cox Cable channel 200, and HBO HD via channel 1200. The complete first season is currently available for sale on both DVD and Blu-ray.