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Stuntman Awarded Damages for Fall In ‘Superman IV’

February 1, 1990 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ A High Court judge awarded $422,000 in damages to a stuntman who claimed his career was ended by injuries caused in a fall during the filming of the movie ″Superman IV.″

London Cannon Films Ltd. admitted liability.

But John Lees, 47, said the award doesn’t make up for the injuries he suffered when harness wires snapped and he fell 25 feet.

″My career as a stuntman is over,″ said Lees, whose heels and left ankle were broken. He was unable under British law to specify to the court how much he wanted in damages.

His lawyer told the court Lees has undergone surgery and physiotherapy but is permanently disabled and cannot sit or stand for long without discomfort.

When the 1986 accident happened, Lees was simulating flying as the double for Nuclear Man, a villain ready to wipe the world.

″Superman IV″ was filmed in Hertfordshire, 14 miles north of London.

Lees previously worked as a stunt double in ″Flash Gordon″ and the James Bond film ″For Your Eyes Only.″