Settlement Deadline Set In Morgan Freeman Lawsuit

A federal judge says actor Morgan Freeman and the woman suing him over a car wreck should submit settlement proposals to the court by July 15.

Demaris Meyer claims the 71-year-old Oscar-winning actor was negligent when the car he was driving ran off the side of a rural Mississippi highway in August. Meyer was a passenger in the car when it flipped several times. Both of them were seriously injured.

Freeman's attorney has said in court papers that Meyer shares blame for the accident.

The judge set the deadline on Wednesday. Such deadlines are common in federal civil cases and don't necessarily indicate the sides will agree.

U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander has scheduled a July 29 conference on the case in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

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