Vlogger Jeff Wittek sued YouTube millionaire Dave Dobrik for $10million after struggling extreme accidents throughout a 2020 stunt video accident the place he collided with an excavator whereas being swung from its arm.
Wittek, 32, accused Dobrik, 25, of ‘basic negligence and intentional tort,’ alleging that Dobrik’s actions precipitated him to rack up hospital payments from intensive surgical procedures, and compelled him to overlook out on work, in accordance with the lawsuit acquired by TMZ.
The lawsuit claimed that the stunt was Dobrik’s concept, and that his operation of the excavator result in Wittek’s intensive accidents.
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Jeff Wittek, 32, within the hospital after he shattered his cranium in 9 locations and practically misplaced his eye in a YouTube stunt gone awry. He blames YouTuber Dave Dobrik for the injury
Dave Dobrik, 25, has beforehand insisted that the stunt was Wittek’s concept, and that Wittek requested him to vow by no means to inform anyone that
In June, 2020, Dobrik was filming a stunt video together with his ‘Vlog-Squad’ – a gaggle of buddies who made frequent appearances in his movies – during which Wittek held onto a rope hung from the raised arm of a spinning excavator, which Dobrik was working.
In the video, Wittek initially seemed to be in management as he whirled across the machine, however when it immediately accelerated he misplaced management. The excavator then slows and stops, and Wittek collides exhausting with its metallic arm earlier than careening into water beneath the place he dangled from the rope by his entangled leg.
After the incident Wittek stated that his cranium was left shattered in 9 locations, that he broke his foot and hip, tore a ligament in his leg, and virtually misplaced his eye.
During the stunt, Wittek held onto a rope as he was spun round by an excavator operated by Dobrik
People rush to Wittek’s help after he collided with the arm of the excavator and plunged into the water beneath
The lawsuit alleged that the preliminary concept for the stunt was to position the excavator within the water, after which to drag folks alongside the floor on wakeboards and different objects.
Wittek alleged that after a number of takes following the unique plan, Dobrik prompt that folks maintain onto the rope themselves whereas he swung them round by the excavator.
During his flip, Wittek alleged that Dobrik seen he had begun to spin the excavator too shortly and slowed down immediately to compensate, straight inflicting Wittek to collide with the machine’s arm.
Dobrik has beforehand insisted that the stunt was Wittek’s concept, and that Wittek requested him to vow by no means to inform anyone.
‘I believe one of many major causes Jeff is bummed with me proper now could be as a result of he noticed me do an interview the place I stated one thing that I promised him I’d maintain between us,’ Dobrik stated on his podcast VIEWS in March, ‘He’s pissed that I broke a promise.’
‘He’s like, ‘Can you promise me one factor? Can you simply promise that nobody ever is aware of that this was my concept?”
‘He obtained damage as a result of I used to be driving,’ Dobrik stated, ‘That’s it, and I f***ing know that, and like I stated, any likelihood I’d get, I’d take that again. That’ll be the most important remorse of my life. My whole life. I actually hope there’s not a second that I remorse as a lot as that one.’
Wittek obtained a minimum of 9 surgical procedures after the accident. In addition to shattering his cranium, he practically misplaced his eye
Dobrik (left) and Wittek (proper) throughout higher occasions. The pair are reportedly not talking anymore
The two have stopped speaking to one another because the incident, Wittek revealed in March on his personal podcast, Jeff FM, saying that following emergency surgical procedures after the accident Dobrik didn’t attain out to him to want him nicely.
‘I’ve been defending this man for so lengthy and there is a lot extra to the story than simply him not texting me for every week after I had such a drastic surgical procedure the place I may’ve been blind,’ stated Wittek.
‘Imagine you smash any person’s cranium in, they take it on the chin, they do not sue you, they do not f***ing press fees. I practically died I got here an inch from loss of life and an inch from going blind.’
Dobrik has not returned requests for remark since news of the lawsuit broke.