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Gross Sues HBO After Ouster From Crash Show Destroyed His Career He Tells SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 14 – Abraham Gross was not only an extra or background actor on HBO's show Crash - he was also a stand-in. But his direct supervisor, Nicole Payson, "took humiliating pictures of Gross doing his job, publicly mocked him for being serious about his job - and got him fired.

 He sued.   

  On October 14 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.   

Gross asked for two minutes to summarize the case.

Magistrate Judge Wang said substantive decisions in the case will be made by District Judge Analisa Torres, but that of course Gross could be heard. And he was. 

 He explained that to be a stand-in is a break, and that the firing has destroyed his career.

He says he has been blacklisted. "In this industry, being falsely accused of insubordination is a death blow" - at least at a certain level. 

 Gross' opposition to the motion to dismiss is now due November 20.

The case is Gross v. HBO West Coast Programming LLC et al., 20-cv-2675 (Torres / Wang)


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