Criminal Charges After Harrison Ford Breaks Leg On Star Wars
Bosses at a production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens have admitted two criminal charges relating to Harrison Ford breaking his leg on set.
The 74-year-old Han Solo star was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the movie's Millennium Falcon spaceship set at Pinewood Studios, England in June 2014.
In February, officials at Britain's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced they would pursue Foodles Production (UK) Ltd on four charges of violating workplace health and safety laws.
On Tuesday executives at the company - a subsidiary of Disney - admitted two of the four criminal charges at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court, England. The other two charges brought by the HSE were withdrawn.
Sentencing is scheduled for 22 August and will take place at Aylesbury Crown Court.
According to the BBC, prosecuting lawyer Andrew Marshall told the court that Ford had passed through a door on the set and hit a button before beginning to walk back through it, believing it would not close.
However, the door was remotely operated by another person, and as the veteran actor passed underneath it he was hit in the pelvic area and pinned to the ground.
Marshall told the court there was a risk Ford could have died in the incident, saying, "It could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn't was because an emergency stop was activated."
In a statement, Foodles said it had provided "full co-operation" through the HSE investigation.
"The safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority throughout the production," the company said.
Production on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set was halted after the incident, with Ford returning to work in August 2014 after two months of recuperation. The film was released in December last year, making more than $2 billion worldwide.
In March 2015, less than a year after the accident, Ford was again badly injured after the keen aviator was forced to perform an emergency landing after his vintage plane suffered engine failure.
Ford suffered a broken pelvis and broken ankle during the plane accident