Ed Norton‘s production company is refusing to accept the narrative that tenants of the building claim they were not warned during a deadly fire, and is doubling down that “everything possible” was done to save lives.
Norton’s Class 5, filed documents on August 27, obtained by The Blast, requesting to dismiss the ongoing lawsuit and claiming they had no role in causing the fire that led to the death of a NYC firefighter.
According to the documents, Class 5 did “everything possible to immediately and accurately notify the building’s tenants of the fire.” The company believes that the plaintiffs in the case are merely speculating that the movie was responsible for the fire while they occupied the building for shooting Norton’s movie, “Motherless Brooklyn.”
Earlier this year, Erica and George Cruz sued Norton’s company and claimed Class 5 “misled the tenants into believing there had been a fire that had been extinguished.”
They believe the alleged lack of communication contributed to the confusion during the situation and resulted in not only the death of 37-year-old Michael Davidson, but the destruction of many homes in the building.
After an investigation, FDNY officials determined a boiler in the cellar heated up nearby combustible materials and led to the blaze. Norton’s statement on the situation praised the firefighters for their courage battling the fire, but also disputed any responsibility or involvement by himself or the film crew.
There is also an ongoing lawsuit against the production company for wrongful death from the family of Davidson.
A judge has not yet ruled on Class 5’s request.