613 Automotive Group LLC in Ellenville, NY has sued Calling Grace Productions LLC for over $6 million after a fire broke out at the dealership, causing several million dollars in damages.
Beyond damage to the dealership, an agreement was allegedly made between Calling Grace and 613 Automotive that promised the dealership would be paid an extra fee for every day they could not occupy their building beyond the agreed-upon shooting period, and another fee for every day their cars were displaced, per the lawsuit, which was obtained by Fox News.
According to the papers, 613 Automotive is suing Calling Grace for about $3.5 million for breach of contract and $2.5 million for negligence, in addition to legal fees. A precise amount will be determined during the trial.
The fire broke out on May 9 at the dealership, per the lawsuit.
A press release obtained by Fox News alleges that the fire was started by a transformer that was being used to charge camera batteries.
The release claimed that as much as $10 million in production equipment was also lost in the fire, and eight dealership employees lost their jobs. No one was injured.
“We were very excited at the prospect of our location being used by HBO to bring “Ellenville to Hollywood,” Aaron Weingarten, president/owner of 613 Automotive Group, said in a statement.
“We invested substantially in this business since acquiring it in 2013, and seeing it burn down in just a few minutes as the result of the negligence of Calling Grace and potentially others was devastating,” he claimed. “Despite clearly being responsible for the damages, Calling Grace did not even have the decency to clear the property after the fire, which has left us financially destitute and without the necessary capital to rebuild our business.”
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Reps for Calling Grace and HBO did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.