Canada’s actors’ union, ACTRA, has filed a grievance with producers of the film “Ghostland” over a 2016 accident that left actress Taylor Hickson with a large scar on her face. The lawsuit claims the Winnipeg production failed to follow the union’s contract stipulations and the actress is suing for lost income, future lost income, mental distress and legal costs.

In December 2016, Hickson, now 20, was filming a scene in the indie horror movie which required her character to pound on a glass door, allegedly commanded by director Pascal Laugier to use an increasing amount of force.

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According to the lawsuit, “the glass shattered, causing her head and upper body to fall through the door and shards of glass. As a result of the incident, she badly cut the left side of her face.” Hickson was rushed to the hospital where she received 70 stitches for the gash along her jaw and lower cheek.

ACTRA representative Rob Macklin tells Deadline the production failed to adhere to union contract clauses which require safety measurements be in place.

“When she performed in that scene, she should have been under a risk performance contract, she should have had an option to have a stunt performer in her place, and there should have been a stunt coordinator present. But there was no stunt coordinator present,” he says, noting that a paramedic was not present on the set as required under ACTRA contracts. “The crafts services lady held my face together with napkins in her hands. She went through so many napkins; there was so much blood,” Hickson’s statement reads.

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“The producers should have had more safety measures in place to make sure the scene was done safely,” Macklin says, who was informed of the on-set accident by a production manager and visited the set himself the following day. The incident is also being investigated by Work Safe Manitoba, the local agency dedicated to workplace safety in all industries.

Hickson, who is left with a large facial scar, has undergone laser and silicone treatments. The lawsuit reads: “Over one year post-incident, [Hickson] has been left with permanent scarring on the left side of her face. It is unknown at this time if any further treatment, including plastic surgery, would reduce the visual appearance of the injury.”

Since “Ghostland”, Hickson has appeared in the teen romance “Everything, Everything” and in “Deadpool” opposite Ryan Reynolds.

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