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Gregg Allman drops legal case over Midnight Rider film

Musician Gregg Allman Image copyright AP
Image caption Allman filed his legal action after the death of a crew member

US singer Gregg Allman has dropped his legal action against the makers of a film based on his 2012 memoir.

Allman had claimed Midnight Rider had not begun filming by a 28 February deadline.

The blues-rock singer also said he had not been paid fully for the film rights and wanted the project dropped.

The case was dismissed on Tuesday after Allman's lawyers told Chatham County Superior Court in Georgia that he'd begun a resolution with producers.

Allman's legal action was filed after a crew member was killed by a train during initial work on the film on 20 February by Unclaimed Freight Productions, run by Randal Miller and Jody Savin.

The crew had placed a bed on a railroad bridge for a dream sequence involving two trains, when a third unexpectedly appeared.

Camera assistant Sarah Jones died after being struck and seven other crew members were injured by flying debris.

Producers suspended work on the movie indefinitely following the incident and actor William Hurt, who was to star as Allman, later pulled out of the film.

Appearing at a court hearing on Monday, Miller said that other members of the crew had had responsibility for obtaining written permits to shoot on the track.

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Image caption William Hurt was to play the older Allman in the film about the singer's life

Allman had also claimed Miller and Unclaimed Freight Productions no longer had the rights to the film because principal photography had not started on time and because the production failed to pay him a full $150,000 (£89,500).

The producers contended the footage shot on the train tracks before the crash satisfied the principal photography deadline of 28 February, meaning filming for the movie had begun.

But after reviewing the footage, Allman's lawyers had said "none of it contained any dialogue whatsoever or appeared suitable for inclusion in the film".

Allman - who was also acting as an executive producer on the film - had also asked Miller in a letter to stop production following the train tragedy.

"I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart," he said.

"I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward... the reality of Sarah Jones' tragic death, the loss suffered by the Jones family and injuries to the others involved has led me to realise that for you to continue production would be wrong."

A spokeswoman for Unclaimed Freight said producers had no comment on the case dismissal on Tuesday.

It is not clear if work on the film will start again.

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