Hollywood producer sued over assistant's death during Jennifer Aniston's honeymoon

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 21, 2017

Hollywood producer Joel Silver is being sued by the family of Carmel Musgrove - his former assistant who drowned and died in 2015 during a star-studded trip to Bora Bora for Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's honeymoon.

The family of Carmel Musgrove, Silver's personal assistant, claim in the lawsuit, Silver flew Carmel and others to the Four Seasons Hotel in Bora Bora in August, 2015, to celebrate the marriage of Jen and Justin.

Carmel's family claims Silver or one of his people supplied Carmel with cocaine and booze, and overworked her.

According to the lawsuit filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court and published by The Hollywood Reporter, the 28-year-old's parents and estate allege that Silver, his company Silver Pictures and Silver's personal chef Martin Herold are responsible for her wrongful death.

According to the documents, Silver told French authorities that he knew Musgrove and Herold sometimes drank together but that he "never saw anything" relating to drug use.

After a dinner on the 18th the suit says that Musgrove and Martin exchanged flirtatious messages by email.

There are no indications the two had sex at that time with Musgrove likely on her menstrual cycle, according to the complaint.

The last person to see Musgrove alive was a Four Seasons staffer who brought a pack of matches to her own room shortly after midnight, noting that she stuck her head out from behind the door without opening it all the way.

As the day of the 19th went on, her absence was noted, until Joel Silver called upon the hotel staff to enter her room around 6.30pm on August 19 and check on her, the complaint said.

After more than a day of searching, her nude body was found floating in a lagoon just 500 yards away from her bungalow. Toxicology tests found alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine in her system.

The medical examiner found that Musgrove drowned as a result of five combined factors: overconsumption of alcohol, consumption of cocaine, fatigue caused by overwork, heat stroke after the fishing trip and a midnight swim during unfavorable weather conditions. It asserts that the first four factors are "traceable to conduct involving defendants".

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