According to a new lawsuit, an actor who worked at the Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood says that visitors repeatedly groped and attacked team members-and the theme park did nothing to stop it.
For those not familiar, the Walking Dead attraction is based on the AMC show and allows guests to walk through the post-apocalyptic environment found in the popular series. In the experience, guests come across a dark and eerie environment while actors posed as the zombies would pop out and scare them.
The attraction was set up so the scare actors and guests wouldn’t actually come into physical contact with one another. However, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Kurt Logan says otherwise as he claims he was punched repeatedly by park guests. Additionally, he also claims numerous female co-workers of his were groped and sexually assaulted.
The suit claims that not only were the team members attacked by guests but Universal did little to stop it and actually encouraged the assaults in its marketing materials, which tell visitors to “prepare to fight for survival.”
“Universal actually incites its guests to fight the employees,” the lawsuit states.
In the suit, Logan claims he was assaulted multiple times by park guests, including a punch in the face by a park guest in July 2019 and a situation in August 2019 where he was punched several times.
In a third occasion, Logan says he was punched in the stomach in January and when he reported the assault to his supervisor, he was simply told to take a short break and then go back to work, according to the suit.
The suit brings attention to the fact that alcohol is served at the park and guests are often drunk when they go through the attraction.
Josiah Steele, another team member listed in the suit, was hospitalized after a guest punched him in the face in July 2019, knocking him to the ground, according to the suit. In the suit, Steele complained to human resources and wanted to pursue prosecution but was told “most performers don’t press charges.”
Several female team members were claimed in the suit to have been involved in various incidents when park guests would grope their breasts or buttocks. Actor Lisa Molenda was working in a cage in the attraction when a guest reached in and grabbed her breast. In the suit, she said she reported the incident to her manager who told her there were things she “could have done to better protect herself.”
A Universal Studios Hollywood spokesperson declined to respond to specific allegations and told Variety: “We don’t comment on pending litigation, however, the safety and security of our employees and guests is always our top priority.”