The Problem Gamers Threaten Lawsuit for Alleged On-Set Accidents


Even earlier than it hit Netflix earlier this week, Squid Sport: The Problem had controversy (and a bizarre protection) connected to it. Earlier this yr, it was alleged that contestants have been taking part in sub-zero temperatures and that some had injured themselves throughout the taking pictures course of within the UK. Add onto that that some have been allegedly unpaid for his or her efforts, and you may think about some authorized troubles on the horizon for the present.

That point might come significantly before later, as British private damage agency Specific Solicitors representing a pair of unnamed The Problem contestants (and speaking with different doable claimants) in getting monetary compensation for stated accidents. CEO Daniel Slade stated his agency despatched letters of declare to Netflix, claiming the gamers “search compensation for accidents they suffered throughout the present’s filming in January of this yr. Manufacturing firms want to make sure that well being and security requirements on their exhibits don’t depart folks susceptible to hurt.”

Presently, Specific is buying additional proof and can solely file a lawsuit if completely mandatory. The agency claims contestants wound up with hypothermia and nerve injury attributable to “poor well being and security requirements on set.” Again when the tales of on-set accidents first hit, Netflix hit again by saying it took all precautions it may and known as these claims, together with assertions the sport was rigged in favor of influencers, “merely unfaithful.” However Slade seems to suppose there’s a superb case right here, and pushed again on that months-old dismissal.

“Contestants thought they have been participating in one thing enjoyable and people injured didn’t anticipate to undergo as they did,” Slade advised The Solar. “One consumer describes seeing somebody faint, then folks shouting for medics. We’ve a case the place somebody complains of hypothermia. One had his palms flip purple from the chilly. Such accidents can have very severe long-term well being implications.”

Final week, forward of Squid Sport: The Problem’s premiere, The Hollywood Reporter confronted govt producers John Hay and Stephen Lambert in regards to the reported on-set strife. Hay was fast to emphasize that “welfare and security” have been essential to them each, whereas Lambert famous their present was principally in step with comparable actuality sequence. “Being on [The Challenge] was quite a bit nicer and quite a bit simpler than an terrible lot of unscripted exhibits — in comparison with among the survival exhibits which have been made,” Lambert stated. “That is no more durable than these and in numerous exhibits you’ve gotten folks typically handled for gentle complaints, which is what occurred in that individual recreation. It wasn’t going to be a stroll within the park to win $4.56 million.”

The primary 5 episodes of Squid Sport: The Problem are actually on Netflix, with the following 4 approaching Wednesday, November 29, and the season finale the next week on December 6.

[through The Hollywood Reporter]

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