Extreme in 2021, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against several parties involved, including Fremantle, Syco Entertainment, Marathon Productions, Walk About Inc., T-Minus Productions, NBCUniversal, and stunt coordinator T.J. White. The lawsuit alleges negligence and peculiar risk, and Goodwin is seeking a jury trial.
The lawsuit claims that the defendants failed to implement industry safety standards, such as designing and modifying a stunt that was highly likely to fail, hiring individuals without the necessary competence to oversee and control the safety of the stunt, improperly controlling the design and execution of the stunt, and failing to test the stunt without a live person after modifications were made. It also alleges that they failed to implement and require adequate redundancies and suitable airbags (safety nets) and to ensure adequate safeguards to prevent injuries.
The lawsuit further states that due to the defendants' conscious disregard for safety, Jonathan Harvey (Goodwin's legal name) suffered catastrophic, life-altering injuries. His lawyer, Stuart Fraenkel, has criticized those involved for prioritizing profits and ratings over safety, stating that production was rushed, chaotic, and staffed by a team lacking the necessary expertise and experience.
Representatives for NBCUniversal, Syco Entertainment, T-Minus Productions, and T.J. White have not responded to requests for comment. Fremantle, which produces AGT, stated it had no comment, while Marathon Productions and Walk About Inc. could not be reached for comment.