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Edward Norton's Production Company Sued Over Deadly Fire on 'Motherless Brooklyn' Set

Edward Norton‘s production company is being sued over the fire that took the life of New York City firefighter Michael R. Davidson on set of the upcoming movie Motherless Brooklyn on March 22, NY Daily News reports.

A tenant of the Harlem building where the fire occurred filed a $7 million lawsuit against the production company, Class 5 Films, and the building’s owner, Vincent Sollazzo, for maintaining “highly flammable equipment” on Tuesday (March 27), hours after Michael was laid to rest.

Erica Cruz – the tenant filing the lawsuit – blames the fire on Class 5 Films’ “recklessness, carelessness and neglect,” before saying her apartment was “completely destroyed.”

“When representative of Class 5, Inc. became aware of the fire, they did not warn the tenants in the building; in fact, they misled the tenants into believing there had been a fire that had been extinguished,” the lawsuit says. Erica went on to say that she suffered “severe and permanent personal injuries” and property loss due to the fire.

Edward has not commented on the lawsuit yet.

Firefighter Dies on the Set of Edward Norton Movie 'Motherless Brooklyn' in NYC

37-year-old firefighter and father of four Michael R. Davidson sadly died on Thursday night (March 22) while battling a fire on the set of the upcoming Edward Norton-directed film, Motherless Brooklyn, in New York City.

His death, due to a critical injury sustained while battling the fire, was confirmed by Edward and producers of the upcoming film in a statement issued on Friday (March 23).

“To our great sorrow, we now know that a NYC firefighter lost his life battling the blaze that grew, and our hearts ache in solidarity with his family. New York City firefighters truly are the bravest in the world. We watched firsthand with astonishment as they charged into the smoke to make sure all were safely out and then fought to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading, putting their lives on the line as they do every day,” said Edward and the producers in a statement.

Flames initially broke out around in the basement of the Harlem apartment house where filming is taking place for the movie. Bruce Willis stars in the upcoming movie.

“Our city lost a hero tonight. The prayers of 8.5 million New Yorkers are with his wife, his four children and his loved ones,” said Mayor Bill DeBlasio in a statement.

Our thoughts are with Michael‘s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Edward Norton Directs Bruce Willis On Set of 'Motherless Brooklyn'

Edward Norton discusses a scene with Bruce Willis on the set of the upcoming movie Motherless Brooklyn on Tuesday morning (February 6) in New York City.

The 48-year-old actor is starring in the film and directing it from his screenplay.

Edward is joined by a star-studded cast in the film – Bruce, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Cherry Jones, Leslie Mann, Fisher Stevens, Michael K. Williams, and more!

The film “follows Norton‘s Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance,” according to Variety.

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Edward Norton & Bruce Willis Start Filming 'Motherless Brooklyn'

Edward Norton and Bruce Willis have officially begun production on their new movie Motherless Brooklyn!

The 48-year-old The Incredible Hulk actor and the 62-year-old Unbreakable star were spotted on set on Monday (February 5) in New York City.

Edward is also directing the film from his own screenplay, inspired by Jonathan Lethem‘s novel of the same name.

Set in 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows “Edward‘s Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (played by Bruce). Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance,” according to Variety.

Motherless Brooklyn is set to hit theaters in 2019.

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Quentin Tarantino Hosts Star-Studded Engagement Party with Fiancee Daniella Pick

Quentin Tarantino poses for a photo with his fiancee Daniella Pick while attending their engagement party on Saturday night (September 23) in New York City.

The couple was joined by a star-studded roster of celebs, including many actors who have appeared in Quentin‘s movies over the years.

Among the stars there were Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction), Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight).

Other celebs in attendance included Edward Norton, Nicky Hilton and husband James Rothschild, and producer Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman.

10+ pictures inside of the stars at the engagement party… More Here! »

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