Naya Rivera’s family say settling death suit will ‘significantly’ help son | arts and entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The family of Naya Rivera has reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit they filed, more than a year after the “Glee” actor accidentally drowned in Lake Piru during a a boat trip with his son.

An attorney representing Rivera’s estate released a statement announcing that “all parties have reached a comprehensive settlement, which is subject to Ventura County Superior Court approval on March 16.”

In November 2020, the TV star’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey filed a lawsuit accusing Ventura County, a boat rental company, and the United Water Conservation District – which oversees Lake Piru – of not not having correctly warned of the dangers of swimming in the lake. or provide adequate safety equipment on the pontoon boat rented by Rivera.

Rivera and Dorsey’s then 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, was found alone on the boat shortly after his mother died at 33. ”

“Through this settlement, Josey will receive just compensation for having to endure the drowning of his beloved mother in Lake Piru,” Amjad M. Khan, an attorney representing Rivera’s estate, said in a statement provided to Los Angeles on Wednesday. Angeles Times.

“Although the tragic loss of Josey’s mother can never truly be overcome, we are very pleased that the monetary settlement will significantly help Josey in his life beyond this tragedy.”

In the lawsuit, Dorsey claimed the pontoon boat – which floated away from Rivera and her son before she drowned – was not equipped with flotation devices or other lifesaving equipment. The coroner’s report, however, concluded that an adult-sized life jacket was on a bench seat behind the boat’s driving area. Rivera’s son was also wearing a life jacket when he was found.

The complaint also alleged that the boat had no anchor to hold it in place, or a ladder or rope to help swimmers climb onto it. Additionally, water district officials and others allegedly failed to warn Rivera about the lake’s “murderous history” of drownings, according to court documents.

“Congratulations to our partner, (Khan), for achieving this excellent and hard-fought result on behalf of Josey Dorsey, son of beloved actress Naya Rivera,” Khan’s law firm tweeted Monday in response to the regulation.

“After nearly 2 years of litigation, grateful that our firm … was able to bring this emotional matter to an end with a fair and meaningful outcome for Josey.”

Representatives for Ventura County and the United Water Conservation District did not immediately respond to LA Times requests for comment on Wednesday.

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