Daniel Curry, the 23-year-old performer who was badly injured when his foot got caught in a trapdoor during the August 15 performance of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, is taking to New York's legal system to preserve the lift system that he expects will be altered following his accident.
Curry has filed court papers alleging that his injury was the result of a mechanical error with the show's equipment and not a human error, as the musical's spokespeople contend. The filing in Manhattan Supreme Court seeks to stop any effort by the producers to alter the computerized lift where the accident occurred before Curry's experts can examine and test it in anticipation of a future civil complaint. He is also requesting maintenance records and internal reports about the accident.
Representatives for the musical released a statement on August 16 contending that "equipment malfunction was not a factor in the incident." Curry, who appeared in the production as a Spider-Man dancer, was taken to Bellevue Hospital — where he still remains — after suffering fractured legs and a fractured foot.