On June 14, 2018, Jeffrey Prosperie, who was struck by an ax by “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth while shooting an episode of “Fox & Friends,” has filed a lawsuit in New York court against Pete Hegseth and Fox (including Fox Broadcasting, Fox News, Fox Entertainment, and “Fox & Friends”) for negligence.

On June 14, 2015, Prosperie was hit by an ax outside Fox’s Manhattan studio. The suit states “Hegseth threw the ax at a target that was negligently placed in an area which put pedestrians and other individuals, including the plaintiff, in the path of peril,” and that Hegseth was “negligent, wanton, reckless and careless” by doing so. The complaint also includes allegations that “Fox & Friends” failed to train its employees in the art of ax-throwing.

Prosperie was a member of the West Point U.S. military band and was performing behind the ax-throwing demonstration when he was struck.

The suit is Jeff Prosperie v. Peter Hegseth et al., case number 155559/2018, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

* Lowe & Associates does not do personal injury but we found this lawsuit to be noteworthy to demonstrate how random, unusual circumstances occur in the entertainment industry. With over thirty years of experience as an attorney, Steven Lowe is one of the most highly regarded entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles. Cases his firm have handled have appeared in the Hollywood Reporter numerous times, and he has been consistently selected as a top rated attorney in Super Lawyers magazine, among other awards and achievements. Mr. Lowe is also a Co-Founder and current President of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers, a not for profit artists’ rights organization

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