Brain-Damaged 'Transformers 3' Actress Gets $18.5M for Gruesome Set Accident (VIDEO)

The Transformers movie franchise has been insanely popular, but it's also racked up some record-breaking production expenses. The third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, reportedly clocked up a jaw-dropping $195 million in production costs, with Michael Bay admitting that he spent an additional $30 million just for the 3-D effects.

It turns out that the studio has yet another enormous bill to pay for that particular movie, because Paramount has just settled an $18.5 million lawsuit for an accident that occurred on set in 2010. It sounds like just another incomprehensible number—$18.5 million?—but when you read about what actually happened, it's obvious no amount of money can really make the situation better for 26-year-old stunt driver Gabriela Cedillo.


Cedillo was driving a car in the background of one of the action sequences in Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2010 when a stunt vehicle broke loose on the set. Investigators later determined that a weld which connected a car to a tow cable had failed, and the results were devastating—the cable cut through the windshield and struck Cedillo in the head.

Here's a quick news video on the accident:

Cedillo was airlifted to a hospital and had emergency surgery to remove a portion of her skull, but she suffered permanent brain damage. The previously vibrant young actress now requires constant care, and it's clear her life will never be the same. Her lawyers say she now suffers from memory loss, seizures, and is blind in one eye.

While Paramount had initially released a statement saying that the studio would "continue to provide all the help" it can to the family, it's obvious by the fact that the situation ended up in court that things didn't quite go as smoothly as the family might have hoped.

The good news is the case is now settled, and Paramount has issued a new statement:

We are pleased that the Cedillo family has agreed to move forward with the settlement. This was a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers remain with Gabriela.

What a terribly sad situation for Gabriela Cedillo. I'm sure the money will help with her ongoing medical costs and keep her comfortable, but I can't imagine that any check could possibly be big enough to make up for what she's lost.

Cedillo's lawyer had accused the studio of being guilty of negligence in their design of the stunts, but since the case is settled, I suppose we'll never know who was at fault—if anyone was. Let's hope they'll be extra careful on that upcoming fourth Transformers movie, which is scheduled for 2014.

Had you heard about this accident? Do you think the studio paid the right amount?

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