Relatives of Producer’s Late Assistant Get Split Ruling in Wrongful Death Suit

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Relatives of Producer’s Late Assistant Get Split Ruling in Wrongful Death Suit

by Contributing Editor

Relatives of a woman who died in Bora Bora while working as an assistant to Hollywood film producer Joel Silver obtained a split decision in their wrongful death suit, losing a chance to depose his 15-year-old son but winning access to documents from the hotel where the group stayed during the trip.

Silver was in Bora Bora for the honeymoon party of actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, who have seen divorced, when the nude body of his 28-year-old assistant, Carmel Musgrove, was found floating in a lagoon near the Four Seasons hotel at 1 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2015.

An investigation by French authorities found that she died of overconsumption of alcohol and cocaine, combined with fatigue due and heat stroke.

Musgrove’s family brought their case in August 2017, alleging that she had been overworked and furnished with cocaine during the trip by Silver’s chef, Martin Herold, with whom she was allegedly in a romantic relationship.

Herold was sued along with Silver, Silver Pictures and Silver-Katz Holdings. The relatives settled the part of the case against Silver Pictures and Silver-Katz Holdings in January and Silver is no longer with Silver Pictures, the production company he founded in 1980 that co-produced the `’Lethal Weapon,” “Matrix” and “Sherlock Holmes” film franchises.

In a ruling Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin said attorneys for the Musgrove family cannot depose Silver’s son, but ordered the Four Seasons to produce records pertaining to communications between Silver and the establishment, their stay at the hotel and their expenses there. Silver’s lawyers maintained the information violated his right to privacy.

Silver’s attorneys also opposed the plaintiffs’ request to depose the producer’s son, stating in their court papers that Musgrove’s death had been a traumatic experience for him and that the same information could be obtained from Silver and other adults who were on the trip.

But lawyers for the Musgrove family maintained the boy’s testimony was relevant, arguing in their court papers that he was not going to be asked to recount the “facts of a grisly murder or gory accident scene,” but only about his observations of Musgrove the day before she died and on previous occasions while she was working as a personal assistant for his father.

Attorneys for Silver provided “absolutely no evidence” that the questions posed to the teen would traumatize him or cause him any psychological harm, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ court papers.

Silver’s lawyers maintained in their court papers that he keeps a drug-free environment and did not know anyone gave cocaine to Musgrove. He also denied overworking her.

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