Passenger to sue Freeman after car crash

The woman who was with Morgan Freeman on the night of a car crash that injured both of them insists she was never romantically linked to Freeman and is suing the actor for negligence.

The woman who was with Morgan Freeman on the night of a car crash that injured both of them insists she was never romantically linked to Freeman and is suing the actor for negligence.

Demaris Meyer and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, held a news conference announcing that Meyer has filed a lawsuit against the 71-year-old Academy Award winner.

"I have been labelled as the other woman and have been accused of having caused the breakup of Mr Freeman's marriage," Ms Meyer said.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. I had hoped and prayed that Mr Freeman or his representatives would have set the record straight and cleared my name, but they have not done so and that is why I have chosen to come forward to tell the truth about our relationship."

In the days after the accident last August, Freeman's lawyer, Bill Luckett, told media outlets that Freeman and his wife of 24 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, had been separated since December 2007 and were getting a divorce.

Several media outlets reported that the 48-year-old Ms Meyer was Freeman's mistress.

Ms Meyer said she met Freeman the night of the accident at a dinner party at the Bayou Bend Golf and Country Club that she had been invited to by Mr Luckett.

Ms Meyer said Freeman had been a "perfect gentleman" that evening and agreed to let her stay at one of three houses on his property, so that she "would have an easier drive to work the next morning".

Ms Allred said the accident occurred when Freeman was driving Ms Meyer's car with Ms Meyer in the passenger seat from Mr Luckett's home in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Freeman's property in Charleston, Mississippi, some 40 miles away.

Ms Meyer would not comment on whether Freeman was drinking that night or specify what caused the accident that left the actor with a broken arm, broken elbow and shoulder damage. Ms Meyer's injuries included a broken left wrist, right scapula and a torn labrum.

"The accident and its aftermath has literally changed my life in every respect," Ms Meyer said. "I sustained numerous injuries. I was unconscious following the accident ... I could not take care of myself for several months. I have not been able to go back to work and still am suffering both physically and emotionally as a result of the accident."

The lawsuit claims that Freeman failed to keep a proper lookout, maintain attention, keep the vehicle under control and obey the posted speed limit.

Ms Meyer is suing for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability and property damage.

Ms Allred did not specify how much in damages that Ms Meyer, who worked as an executive assistant, is seeking with the lawsuit filed with the US District Court in Northern Mississippi. She said that Freeman has only provided "minimal support" for Ms Meyer following the accident.

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