Naya Rivera’s ex-husband, Estate, filed a false-death lawsuit Monday in the wake of the actress’ death.
Rivera died in July after she and her 5-year-old son Josie Hollis Dorsey rented a pontoon boat on Lake Piru in Southern California. According to an investigation report from Ventura County, the two decided to jump into the water to swim, but Rivera drowned in the process. Using her strength last To help his son on the boat.
The false-death claim stated that Rivera had sunk because her hired boat did not have adequate safety equipment and there were no warning signs of dangerous conditions on Lake Piru.
Lawyers representing the estate of the “glee” actress, along with Rivera’s ex-husband and Josie’s father Ryan Dorsey, are seeking a jury trial in Ventura County, Parks Management Company and the United Water Conservation District.
CNN requested comment from all parties.
The lawsuit alleges that when Rivera and Josie went out on Lake Pivot, the wind gases in the area were 21 miles per hour and pushed the boat away from them.
“Josie, who was close, was able to get back into the boat of her own free will and tied herself to the boat that was forcing her back and forth in the current and wind. Josie knew Naya was still in the water, and she heard ‘Help! Help!’ In her fight to get back to the boat and avoid drowning, ”the suit reads.
“Josie was in vain for the rope to help her mother get back on the boat. Josie then looked back at the water for her mother, and saw that Naya had disappeared. Josie screamed for help and cried alone in the boat. An hour later,” according to the lawsuit.
According to court documents obtained by CNN, the lawsuit alleges that Pontoon Riviera, which was leased from the Parks Management Company, did not have a secure ladder, adequate rope, anchor, radio or safety devices.
The boat had no flotation or life-saving equipment, court documents say, violating California law. At the time of the incident, one life jacket was found on the boat, while the boy was wearing another, investigators said.
The lawsuit alleges that there were no signs of any harm to the lake, including changes in lake currents, changes in water depth or underwater debris.
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