Rebekah Ort, 10, of Carlsbad warms up before her dance-gymnastic performance for the “America’s Got Talent.” auditions.
Rebekah Ort, 10, of Carlsbad warms up before her dance-gymnastic performance for the “America’s Got Talent.” auditions. Photo by Chris Stone
“America’s Got Talent” and NBCUniversal got trouble.

Wrongful-death lawsuit against “America’s Got Talent” and others. (PDF)
They’re being accused of causing a path blockage a year ago at Pasadena Civic Auditorium that led to a woman’s death.

Three months after falling while trying to maneuver her wheelchair over an AGT power cord, Maureen Allen died of injuries and a stroke, according to a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Allen and her husband, Floyd, were volunteering at a county-sponsored science and engineering fair when she tried to enter the venue, said Deadline.com, the first to report the case.

The suit filed Wednesday says they “discovered that all disabled access points to the auditorium appeared to be blocked off. They were advised that the NBC television show ‘America’s Got Talent’ was filming on the premises beginning the next day or soon thereafter, and the television show’s trailers and equipment were blocking all handicap access points to the building except for one.

“However, in order to gain access to [that ramp], individuals with disabilities were forced to navigate and maneuver over a large power cord protector that obstructed the only available path of travel.”

While trying to move her wheelchair over the cord, Allen was “violently thrown off her scooter onto the hard pavement” and suffered head and arm injuries and a broken hip, the suit says.

She developed a blood clot and had a stroke the next day, and “was forced to undergo no less than eight different procedures as a result of the injuries” but died June 25 after being put on life support, the suit said.

NBCUniversal told Deadline the company doesn’t comment on legal matters.

Also being sued are the City of Pasadena, FremantleMedia North America and Marathon Productions, which does business as “America’s Got Talent.”

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