The passenger in Morgan Freeman's car crash last year sued the actor Wednesday for negligence and disputed media portrayals of her as the "other woman" in the breakup of his marriage.
Former executive assistant Demaris Meyer's lawsuit claims that Freeman failed to properly operate the car, and she is seeking damages to cover medical expenses and permanent disability, among other things, according to Reuters.
Meyer said she met the Oscar winner for the first time on the night of the crash, Aug. 3, by dining with him, a mutual friend and the friend's wife. She said the Dark Knight and Driving Miss Daisy star offered to let her stay at his Charleston, Miss., estate because she had to go to work in the morning and it would make her commute more convenient.
"He was a perfect gentleman and I accepted his kind offer," she said in a statement. She also said Freeman offered to let her stay alone in one of his three houses on the grounds.
On the drive home, Freeman lost control of his car, veered into the left lane of traffic, and overcompensated, crashing into a ditch, Meyer said.
Although police said at the time of the crash that there was no indication drugs or alcohol were involved, Meyer said the actor consumed several drinks prior to the crash.
She said she suffered several injuries that have left her unable to work, including a broken wrist and scapula, torn labrum in one shoulder and a head injury that has caused cognitive difficulties and short-term memory loss.
Attorney Bill Luckett, the mutual friend who introduced Freeman and Meyer, said after the crash that the actor and Myrna Colley-Lee, his wife of 24 years, were divorcing. But Meyer said she had nothing to do with it.
"I was not and never have been his mistress, nor was I the cause of his marital breakup," she said. "I am also not 'Miss Daisy' as I have been referred to in the press."
Ken Sunshine, a spokesman for Freeman, said the actor was "confident this will all be resolved." He had no further comment.