The American Humane Association and HBO are being sued over an alleged HBO cover-up related to the canceled TV show “Luck.” Barbara Casey, who used to be the director of production for the AHA’s film and TV section, has claimed that she was wrongfully terminated in January 2012. She also is saying HBO and “Luck” producer Stewart Productions were a part of an abuse cover-up prior to “Luck” being canceled.
The show finally got the axe after three horses died on set. PETA and the AHA both demanded that the series be canceled, and it was in March. Casey claims that the AHA had seen horses who were sick, underweight and drugged be continually used on set, but that HBO and Stewart Productions evaded cooperation with the animal rights organization in order to save themselves time and money. She says the AHA went along with the producers’ wishes over her own complaints.
“AHA bowed to political and financial pressure and refused to report the Production Defendants’ conduct to the authorities,” she claims in her suit, via The Hollywood Reporter. “AHA instructed Plaintiff not to report such conduct. AHA engaged in efforts to conceal and cover up the production defendants’ criminal activities.”
The AHA hasn’t responded to the lawsuit, but HBO tells THR, “We took every precaution to ensure that our horses were treated humanely and with the utmost care, exceeding every safeguard of all protocols and guidelines required of the production. Barbara Casey was not an employee of HBO, and any questions regarding her employment should be directed to the AHA.”
Casey’s allegation says she was fired because she wanted to report HBO for criminal activity, and is looking for general and punitive damages.