HBO and its now canceled show “Luck” is back in the news. After being canceled while in production due to multiple horse deaths while filming HBO is now facing a lawsuit from a former employee of the American Humane Association–who says that she was let go from the HBO drama after complaining of abusive treatment of the animals the show was based around.
Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Barbara Casey along with the AHA claim that she was fired from the production in January of 2012 in an effort to “prevent her from reporting” the violation of animal rights and cruelty laws. Casey continues to state that both she and other representatives for the AHA witnessed several instances of animal abuse–including the act of drugging horses to get them to perform better on camera.
HBO, of course denies that there is no truth in any part of Casey’s allegations in the lawsuit, further explaining that the premium cable network took plenty of precautions to ensure the safety of the horses involved with the production. “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,” an HBO spokeswoman said in a statement. “Barbara Casey was not an employee of HBO, and any questions regarding her employment should be directed to the AHA.”
The cancellation of “Luck” for HBO was a costly choice as the network had already sunk in more than $35 million into the production, and now with pending litigation that cost is only going to increase.