Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Riverdale star KJ Apa involved in vehicle crash

Riverdale star KJ Apa involved in vehicle crash

Washington D.C [USA], September 22: "Riverdale" star KJ Apa was involved in a late-night auto crash last week after falling asleep at the wheel post a grueling 16 long hour work day.

After a 16-hour day of filming in the Fraser Valley, the 20-year-old was driving on his own back to his Vancouver hotel. They then went on to clarify the number of hours Apa worked, specifically that he is not working 14 hours every day (as he was on the day of the accident), but some days as little as 2.5 hours.

He even participated in a charity soccer match with Vancouver Whitecaps alumni on Saturday. On the day of the accident, he reportedly left the set early morning after a 16-hour workday.

An investigation into the set will be performed and there's a rumour the actors will be speaking to Warner Bros. studio executives about their workplace conditions.

"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. After a thorough examination, it was confirmed that the actor had suffered no injuries and was released at the scene. The company has confirmed that they are going to reiterate the importance of vehicle safety to their cast and crew.

Warner Bros. Television says the safety of the cast and crew of its Vancouver-based "Riverdale" set is of "paramount importance".

"In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels exhausted or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being".

But the studio says its productions adhere to guild-mandated standards. The accident occurred last Thursday.

They have also responded to claims that they were giving the actor too many hours as it was reported that he worked fourteen hours that day. "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". "It said that Apa had been asked repeatedly to make the production aware if he feels exhausted or unsafe".

According to multiple sources, some on the Riverdale set are feeling uneasy and angry, because of the grueling work schedule and the possible consequences of working such long hours.

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