A background actor sued Mia Goth on Friday, alleging that she intentionally kicked him in the head during a scene last April.
James Hunter claims that he suffered a concussion after Goth kicked him during production on the A24 sequel “MaXXXine.” The film is the third in a trilogy of horror films directed by Ti West and starring Goth, following “X” and “Pearl,” both of which were released in 2022.
In the lawsuit, Hunter states that he was hired for three days of work to play the role of “Dead Parishioner.” On the first night of shooting, he lay on the ground for several hours covered in fake blood, “enduring ants and mosquitoes.”
In the scene, Goth was to run past him, and sometimes step over him, look down and keep running.
The suit alleges that on the fourth take, Goth nearly stepped on him. Hunter complained to the second assistant director and the concern was relayed to Goth.
On the next take, according to the suit, Goth deliberately kicked him in the head with her boot. After the scene was completed, Hunter alleges that he was in the bathroom when Goth came in and “taunted, mocked and belittled” him, daring him to do anything about it.
Hunter felt pain in his head. The fake blood had also dried onto his robe, causing him pain when he removed it, according to the suit.
On the drive home, he felt lightheaded and had to pull over twice. The next day, the casting agency informed him that the production did not want him back for the remaining two days, according to the suit.
The suit accuses Goth of battery and also includes a wrongful termination claim against A24, Goth and West.