Tracy Morgan has denied Damon Wayans’ claims that the comedian received $90 million from Walmart following the collision in June 2014.
Damon Wayans made this claim on Charlamagne Ta God’s radio show, The Breakfast Club, insisting that Morgan has now settled his lawsuit with Walmart.
However, a representative for Tracy Morgan has now denied Wayans’ claims, telling TMZ that the terms of his agreement and settlement with Walmart are completely confidential. They explained, “Tracy has had no contact with Mr. Wayans since before the accident so there is no way he would be able to know this and thus is false.”
During his appearance on the radio show, via Daily Mail, Wayans blurted out the figure while discussing how important it is to be an “everyman” as a comedian. “There is a certain point as a comedian you have to be everyman,” Wayans told the radio show hosts. “Like, Tracy Morgan right now got $90 million, so when he gets on stage, people got 90 million things on their mind besides his comedy.”
Damon Wayans then went on to joke that Tracy Morgan had actually been lucky to have been hit by the vehicle, teasing, “I wish that a Walmart truck would hit me.”
Benedict Morelli, Tracy Morgan’s attorney, explained on the Today show, via NJ, that the comedian had been duly compensated for his array of injuries following the car crash; However, he refused to reveal the precise amount.
“There was money involved because that’s the only thing that we can use to compensate people who are very injured, and you know that Tracy was close to death,” Morelli explained to the show’s host Matt Lauer.
On June 7, 2014, Tracy Morgan was riding in a Mercedes Sprinter bus when it was hit by a Walmart truck, which was being driven by Kevin Roper, who had been awake for around 24 hours before the crash. This then caused a chain-reaction that resulted in a six-car pile-up. The crash resulted in the death of James McNair, the 62-year-old friend of Morgan’s.
Because of the car crash, Tracy Morgan, as well as two of his close friends, were injured. 46-year-old Morgan suffered a broken nose, broken leg, as well as broken ribs. In 2015, Morgan revealed that he was also in a coma for around two weeks as a result of the car crash. Morgan was eventually released on June 20, 2014, before he was then admitted into a rehab center on July 12, 2014. Morgan then began legal proceedings against Walmart for negligence on July 10, 2014.
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