A scene of jewelry robbery in “NCIS: New Orleans” became too real for the actors involved when the real cops showed up and pointed their guns at them… and now they are filing a lawsuit.
MiamiDiario Editorial Staff
The two actors involved in the scene, along with the owner of the jewelry store, have filed a lawsuit in L.A. against CBS for allegedly tricking them into participating in a “guerrilla-style” armed robbery in broad daylight without proper permits or giving notice to police and neighbors.
The three men, who represented the assailants, claim that they were approached by NCIS producers in October 2017 to film the robbery, and agreed to do so under the assumption that it was a “traditional television shoot” with permits, police presence, and standard security protocols.
Instead, the men accuse CBS of failing to notify local authorities and surrounding businesses that the scene of the armed robbery, located in the middle of a busy New Orleans shopping mall, was not real… and you can guess what happened.
According to the store owner next to the jewelry store, he understandably called 911 after seeing the actors jump out of an unmarked van wearing ski masks and carrying realistic-looking assault rifles while yelling, “This is a robbery!”
This caused the cops to run to the scene and point their real guns at the actors who say they could have been killed by the officers with a false move.
The three men claim that the test was frightening and traumatic and they are still feeling the psychological effects. They are suing CBS for damages.
The network has filed papers to have the case dismissed in California court, arguing that these are events that took place in Louisiana, so that is where the case should have been filed. Plaintiffs’ attorneys, Caleb Mason and Alan Jackson, disagree… saying the show is produced by CBS in Los Angeles.
We contacted CBS for comment and so far, there is no response.
Translated by Aleuzenev Nogales