Lindsay Lohan's 'Liz & Dick' exhaustion incident prompts union investigation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Hollywood unions were scrutinizing worker safety and welfare on Lindsay Lohan's TV movie "Liz & Dick" after the actress tweeted that she was exhausted because of long production days.
Larry A. Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found in one union's review.
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed its representatives visited the production. It said it "will continue to visit" to enforce guild rules.
"We have spoken with representatives from the company, and they are fully aware of their contractual obligations. We will ensure that all applicable penalties will be paid," the guild said in a statement.
SAG-AFTRA would not elaborate, spokeswoman Pamela Greenwalt said.
IATSE, the stage employees union, also was examining production conditions, including the crew's work hours, a person familiar with the review said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person lacked authorization to discuss the issue publicly.
A SAG-AFTRA representative "was totally fine with everything" she found during shooting Tuesday at a Los Angeles estate, Thompson said in a statement. He was told there had been no complaints from guild members and that the visit was prompted by "tweets and comments in the media," he said.
Lohan was treated last week by paramedics for exhaustion and dehydration. She posted on Twitter: "Note to self... After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion & . 7 paramedics MIGHT show up."
News reports that two crew members also sought treatment for exhaustion were incorrect, said Stan Rosenfield, Thompson's spokesman.
"Liz & Dick," about the romance of Taylor and Richard Burton, is expected to wrap principal photography at the end of June after about four weeks of shooting at Southern California locations standing in for Europe.
The house used Tuesday is serving as the Italian villa Taylor occupied while filming "Cleopatra," Thompson said.
Filming has been rocky for Lohan. She was involved in a June 8 car crash on her way to the set but resumed shooting later that day.
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