Caitlyn Jenner Sues Paparazzi Over Fatal Car Crash
Caitlyn Jenner is blaming the paparazzi for her 2015 car crash.
The transgender star, who was known as Bruce Jenner at the time of the accident on California’s Pacific Coast Highway in February 2015, crashed her Cadillac Escalade into the back of a white Lexus, driven by Kim Howe, and a black Toyota Prius, driven by Jessica Steindorff.
The impact pushed Howe’s vehicle into oncoming traffic and it was struck by a black Hummer, driven by Peter Wolf Millesi, which resulted in her death.
Following the accident, Jenner faced three civil lawsuits from Steindorff, Millesi, and Howe’s stepchildren regarding her involvement in the pile-up. While several of these have been settled, Jenner filed a cross-complaint against Steindorff as part of Millesi’s suit earlier this year in a bid to get her to share the responsibility for the tragic crash, claiming she was inattentive in her driving at the time of the accident.
Now Jenner’s attorney has amended this cross-complaint to include a group of photographers and photo agencies, collectively labeled “the stalker defendants” in the legal paperwork, accusing them of “(stalking) Jenner, chasing Jenner and harassing Jenner throughout the day, up through the time of the incident.”
“Stalker defendants and others acting in concert with them continuously, negligently and recklessly operated their vehicles tracking Jenner, speeding up to tailgate Jenner, (and) driving too close to take pictures,” the documents continue.
Jenner’s attorney adds in the amended complaint that the reality star had been “driving her vehicle consistent with all laws and speed limits” but was “visually distracted” by the actions of the photographers, and alleges their behavior “did contribute to the cause of an accident, where seconds and split seconds mattered.”
The cross-complaint concludes that Steindorff and the “stalker defendants” should all be held “legally responsible for some or all of damages sought” by Millesi’s suit.
Following an investigation into the multi-vehicle collision by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ office, Jenner escaped vehicular manslaughter charges.
She said in a statement following the crash: “My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the families and loved ones and to all of those involved or injured in this terrible accident. I will continue to pray for them and I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.”