Family of Gun Victim to Sue Oliver Stone

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Family of Gun Victim to Sue Oliver Stone


OLIVER Stone is to be sued by relatives of a shooting victim who claim his film Natural Born Killers inspired the crime.

America's top court yesterday gave the go-ahead for legal action against the filmmaker, together with others involved in the movie.

The lawsuit is being taken out by the family of Patsy Ann Byers, a Louisiana woman who was shot and left paralysed during a robbery attempt within a year of the film being released. The 1994 movie portrays a young couple who embark on a murderous crime spree.

The family of Miss Byers, who died last year from cancer, claim Sarah Edmondson, the daughter of an Oklahoma judge, and her accomplice Benjamin Farras repeatedly watched a video of the movie.

In an attempt to emulate the movie couple, played by Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson, they murdered a Mississippi businessman and then attempted to kill Byers, it is alleged.

The lawsuit seeks damages against the directors, producers and distributors of the film after the attack at a convenience store in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, in March 1995.

It claims they should be held responsible because they made a movie that was meant to make those who saw it violent. …

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