The Age reports that WorkCover is suing actor Jason Gann – who plays in the US comedy series Wilfred- to recover loss of income and medical costs incurred by injured worker, Mr J Hosny, who was the victim of an attack whilst working as a bus driver at the races at Flemington in 2007. Mr Hosby suffered severe anxiety after the attack and is unlikely to work again. Mr Hosby is also suing the actor for damages. Fair enough, however we can’t help wondering why WorkCover does not routinely “sue” those individuals responsible for inflicting mental or (further) physical harm on injured workers, such as, for example, their own appointed workcover agents and case managers?
WorkCover is suing actor Jason Gann to recover loss-of-income payments and medical costs incurred by injured worker
Actor may be forced from US to face court
THE man who plays a misanthropic, bong-smoking dog in the US comedy series Wilfred could be dragged back to Australia if he fails to appear in the County Court on Wednesday.
Actor Jason Gann is being sued for damages by Joseph Hosny, 55, who was the victim of a frenzied attack while working as a shuttle bus driver at the Derby Day races at Flemington in 2007.
Gann, who stars with Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood in the US version of Wilfred, is now based in Los Angeles and may be unable to return to Melbourne this week. He is believed to be currently filming the second US series. Gann, clad in his man-size dog suit, was last seen in public filming on the Venice Beach boardwalk 10 days ago.
Legal sources have told The Sunday Age that the court could be asked to issue a ”bench warrant” against the actor if he failed to front following two adjournments of the case. He could be served with the warrant in the US, which would compel Gann to return to Melbourne to face civil proceedings.
Last year, The Sunday Age revealed that Gann had threatened to go into bankruptcy if he was forced to pay Mr Hosny’s medical expenses, despite earning $US195,000 ($A187,600) for the first six-month season of the show. Mr Hosny is also taking civil action against his former employer, the Victorian Racing Club, for failing to maintain a safe workplace.
Gann pleaded guilty to criminal assault in May 2008 but received a bond without conviction, allowing him to work in the US.
Mr Hosny was employed to drive patrons around Flemington racecourse in 2007 when he told Gann and his girlfriend they would have to wait for the next bus. The drunken actor abused Mr Hosny before punching him repeatedly in the face as other passengers tried to restrain him. In a 2009 County Court affidavit, Mr Hosny said he was so depressed he had poured boiling water over his chest.