Studio Behind Riverdale Defends Itself After KJ Apa Car Accident
Riverdale fans were crushed to learn that KJ Apa was involved in a car crash last week. The 20-year-old actor reportedly fell asleep at the wheel due to fatigue after wrapping up a long day’s work on the CW TV series set. The accident caused severe damage to the vehicle, but, fortunately, left the New Zealand-born actor without significant injuries.
Nevertheless, you can bet that SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) was all over the incident.
“This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the Riverdale set,” said SAG-AFTRA in a statement (via Deadline). “We are sending a team to Vancouver to review the circumstances surrounding safety issues affecting performers on this production.”
The studio behind the hit production, Warner Bros., is standing its ground, denying any wrongdoing in the matter.
“The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement issued Thursday (via Variety). “Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild–mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members. In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels tired or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request. This is communicated to all cast and crew, both in writing and verbally, at the beginning of production and is reiterated continuously throughout the duration of production.”
“First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident,” the studio rep said in another statement. “Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of Riverdale are of concern. We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours. KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. The accident occurred last Thursday. Additionally, it is untrue that KJ was taken to the hospital. He was treated by first responders on the scene and released by them. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being.”
The faux-redheaded star was spotted as recently as Thursday, September 21, getting a workout in Vancouver, Canada, so we know he’s safe & well.
KJ Apa luckily wasn’t injured too badly in his wreck. These stars’ on-set accidents were so bad, however, the production had to be shut down: