15 hurt during mini-series filming

BRUSLY — About 15 people were injured early Saturday when a staircase collapsed during filming of a TV mini-series at the Cinclare Sugar Mill Historic District just north of Brusly, a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Crews were filming a scene for “Bonnie and Clyde,” a miniseries about the notorious bandits, shortly after midnight when the wooden staircase gave way, sheriff’s Col. Richie Johnson said.

About 15 actors standing on the staircase were injured, Johnson said. Two of them were taken to a hospital by Acadian ambulances for treatment of minor injuries, and the others were treated on scene.

Deputies are not sure exactly why the staircase gave way, Johnson said.

Liza Kelso, Baton Rouge Film Commission interim executive director, said Saturday evening a representative from Sony Entertainment will be flying in to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

Production has not been halted and filming will continue Monday, Kelso said.

Sony Entertainment is filming the miniseries around Baton Rouge and East and West Feliciana parishes, Kelso has said.

The series is set to air on both the History Channel and Lifetime later this year, Kelso has said.

Bruce Beresford, who directed the Oscar-winning film “Driving Miss Daisy,” is directing the miniseries.

The filming was taking place early Saturday in a studio at the Cinclare Sugar Mill Historic District just north of Brusly, Johnson said.

The Cinclare Sugar Mill Historic District is located just north of Brusly on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The land that makes up the historical district produced sugar cane as far back as 1803. It was consolidated into one property in 1855 and renamed Marengo Plantation.

In May 1878, Cincinnati investor James H. Laws purchased the land and renamed it Cinclare Plantation after Cinclare Keever, one of his business partners.

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