Despite the big prize at stake, some contestants of “Squid Game: The Challenge” recently threatened to sue Netflix – where the show aired – and its producers over injuries they allegedly sustained during the filming.
Hypothermia, nerve damage
Express Solicitors, a British personal injury firm, has handled the planned lawsuit. It said that those contestants suffered injuries such as nerve damage and hypothermia as a result of poor health and safety standards on the set during filming.
Inspired by “Squid Game,” a Korean survival drama, “Squid Game: The Challenge” is a reality competition wherein 456 players put their skills to the ultimate test for a chance to bring home the life-changing $4.56 million prize.
Late last month, the personal injury firm also said it is representing contestants from the show asking for compensation for their experience on the reality competition.
“We have sent letters of claim on behalf of contestants injured in this show,” its CEO, Daniel Slade, said in a statement. “From what we’ve been told, they pushed the boundaries of safety in the name of entertainment. Production companies need to ensure that health and safety standards on their shows don’t leave people at risk of harm.”
Prize not ‘a walk in the park’
Various media outlets asked for statements from the show’s producers, but they said that they ensured contestants were safe, and that the prize was not “a walk in the park.”
“Welfare and safety are obviously paramount for us. And we’ve taken appropriate measures to look after people,” executive producer John Hay said.
Hay said they anticipated everything in advance and made sure they took all the proper measures.
Stephen Lambert, another executive producer, also added, “We’re giving away the largest prize in TV competition history. It wasn’t going to be a walk in the park to win $4.56 million.
How’s the lawsuit so far?
Well, Popculturizm searched the web for information about whether the lawsuit has pushed through or not, but apparently, the last pieces of news were from late last month when it was revealed that some contestants were planning to take legal action against Netflix.
Winner hasn’t received the prize?
“Squid Game: The Challenge,” whose last episode aired a few days ago, has named a winner, Mai Whelan, a 55-year-old who escaped Vietnam as a young girl during the communist regime.
However, Whelan said she has not yet received the $4.56 million prize – not even a dime – even 10 months after the show was filmed.
“I feel like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. Show me the money!” she exclaimed.
Is there another lawsuit coming?