A new trial against Viedy, the parent company of Comedy Central, claims that one of the employees of the new talk show from comedian David Spade killed a pedestrian while he was drunk after the show's launch party last month.
& # 39; Lights Out With David Spade & # 39; staff member Jacob Gralitzer, 27, was criminally charged with gross manslaughter while driving under the influence of the August 1 crash in West Hollywood.
Now the parents of 24-year-old Noah Benardout, who died in the crash, filed an unlawful death case against Viacom and the show's production company, arguing that Gralitzer & # 39; heavily intoxicated & # 39; was allowed to be at the party and then handed over his keys by a Viacom valet.
Viacom did not immediately respond to a message seeking comments from DailyMail.com.
David Spade takes part in the August 1 launch party for & # 39; Lights Out With David Spade & # 39; from Comedy Central at Nightingale Plaza in LA. An employee who left the party was involved in a fatal crash
The launch party (above) took place on August 1 in the chic Nightingale Plaza. A new lawsuit claims that one employee & # 39; heavily intoxicated & # 39; was at the party before he drove away
Crash victim Noah Benardout, 24, (above) was killed in the crash after Jacob Gralitzer left the party drunk and hastened Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood
According to the suit, which was first reported by TMZ, the production company for the late night show & # 39; organized a staff party for the premier & # 39; at Nightingale Plaza night club in Hollywood.
The lawsuit alleges that Gralitzer got drunk at the party & # 39; with the permission and knowledge of one or more of his supervisors at Viacom & # 39 ;.
The suit claims that the valet service at the party encouraged those present to drive, and that Gralitzer handed over his keys after the party despite his drunken condition.
The complaint claims that Gralitzer drove more than 30 mph above the posted limit when the crash occurred.
The chain reaction crashed around 10:30 AM on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, according to KTLA TV.
Gralitzer & # 39; s silver Infiniti is seen with serious front end damage after the crash. The police say he was driving drunk when he plowed in a driver from the opposite direction
The red Acura (above) that Gralitzer struck was thrown on the sidewalk, where it struck Benardout while he was waiting to cross the street
Benardout was thrown down the road and bystanders and paramedics rushed to his aid (above). He died of the impact almost immediately, his father said
Gralitzer was heading east on Melrose Avenue in a silver 2018 Infinity Q60S when he hit a driver who came from the opposite direction and tried to turn left on Martel Avenue in a red Acura MDX 2017, according to Los Angeles police.
The Acura ran off the road and hit Benardout as he stood on the sidewalk in the southeast corner of the intersection, LAPD said.
Both drivers stayed on the scene to talk to the police. A team of paramedics who happened to be around witnessed the crash and hurried to try CPR on Benardout.
The L.A. Fire Department responded to the site and took the victim to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was declared dead, officials said.
Gralitzer is currently free on $ 100,000 bonds pending trial, according to booking data. He could not be reached for comment.
Spade & # 39; s new talk-like talk show late night talk show debuted on July 29 (above). Erik Griffin, host David Spade, Whitney Cummings and Neal Brennan are seen from left to right
In an online tribute, Benardout's father said he was & # 39; an incredible musician whose brand new music was about to come out & & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Noah could illuminate a room with his catchy smile and the voice of an angel that brought in everyone with his lyrics and melodies, & # 39; wrote the grieving father.
Bernadout's parents ask for economic damage, related to loss of income and loss of financial support from Noah, funeral and funeral expenses, hospital and medical bills, and loss of personal property.
Spade itself has not been accused of misconduct or named as a defendant in the case.
His late-night talk show premiered on July 29 at Comedy Central.
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