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Lake City freed from movie studio liability

JONESBORO — Clayton County leaders approved an agreement with Lake City officials this week which frees the city of possible liability in case an accident happens at a former grocery store being transformed into a temporary movie sound stage.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the indemnification agreement with Lake City Tuesday night. The county owns the former Ingles grocery store location on Ga. 54, but it is located within the city limits of Lake City. The county approved a leasing agreement which allows Project 2012 Films Inc., to build sets in the old store so it can film scenes for Scary Movie 5.

Clayton News Daily obtained a copy of the agreement this week from the county commission’s office. It states the county agreed to hold the city “harmless” of “any and all claims, demands, rights and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature raised by any person, firm or corporation arising out of — or relating to — the modification, maintenance, use, misuse, or continued existence of the building.”

The city will not “avoid” its indemnification duties under the agreement, because it is involved with the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency. The county has agreed, however, to pay any judgments and fees stemming from any injuries, deaths or property damage caused by the movie studio being set up in the old grocery store, according to the agreement.