Tracy Morgan is speaking out after Walmart said he was at least partly to blame for the injuries he sustained in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in June. The “30 Rock” star has said little during his recovery, which put him in intensive care for days, but Tuesday he responded to the company’s rebuttal to the lawsuit he filed in July.
"After I heard what Walmart said in court, I felt I had to speak out," Morgan said, according to the Associated Press. "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back."
"It's disingenuous," Morgan’s attorney Benedict Morelli said Monday. "It's not what they said they were going to do initially, which was take full responsibility. I'm very upset, not for myself but for the families I represent."
The comedian’s friend Jimmy Mack, also known as James McNair, died in the crash. Morgan suffered rib and leg injuries and was in rehab for weeks. It’s still unknown how long it will be until he can fully walk.
The passengers' injuries were caused "in whole or in part" by their "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device," which constitutes unreasonable conduct, Walmart Stores Inc. said in the court filing, the AP wrote.
Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper crashed into the limousine that contained Morgan, McNair and several others on June 7. Roper pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges in state court. He was also accused of not sleeping for more than 24 hours before the crash occurred.
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