CBS sued by actors over NCIS: New Orleans robbery scene gone wrong

CBS is being sued by two NCIS: New Orleans cast members for a jewellery heist scene that ended with real police officers showing up and pointing guns at them. The two stars and the owner of the jewellery store have filed a lawsuit against CBS for allegedly misleading them into shooting a realistic ‘guerrilla-style- armed robbery’ in broad daylight without permits or alerting cops. According to TMZ, the trio claim they were approached by producers of the show in 2017 to shoot robbery scenes and they agreed to participate, thinking it was a ‘traditional television shoot’ with the standard safety checks. However, the men are accusing CBS of failing to alert local authorities and surrounding businesses about the scene at hand, which took place in a busy shopping mall in New Orleans. The publication adds, the store owner next to the jewellery shop called the police after seeing the actors jump out of an unmarked van. As a result, police rushed to the scene and pointed their weapons at the cast members.

The stars are reportedly claiming they’ve suffered significant trauma following the incident, and are suing CBS for damages. TMZ claim the network filed documents to get the case thrown out of California court, stating the events took place in Louisiana.
However, the plaintiff’s lawyers are said to disagree, arguing the show is produced by CBS in Los Angeles. NCSI: New Orleans first premiered in 2014 and is currently on its sixth season. In May 2020, it was renewed for a seventh series, along with its flagship show, which will return for season 18, and its Los Angeles spin off.