Designer Ralph Lauren is being sued for allegedly hitting and seriously injuring a man on the designer's Double RL Ranch in Colorado. The lawsuit was filed in a Chicago court this week by Alan Chow, who was hired to install microphones and other audio recording devices at Lauren's estate in preparation for his interview with Oprah Winfrey in May 2011. According to Chow's complaint, Lauren "carelessly and negligently drove a motor vehicle into and against [him], although [he] was in full and plain view for enough time prior to the collision for the [Lauren] to have avoided it." Chow was reportedly in the process of "installing microphones and/or audio recording devices in the back of one of Lauren's cars, when Lauren ... suddenly reversed the car and collided with and struck Chow with great force and violence, causing the Chow to suffer severe and permanent injuries."
In addition to naming Ralph Lauren as a defendant in the suit, Chow is also suing Double RL Cattle Co., Winfrey's company Harpo Productions, and several others. Chow claims he suffered "injuries to his head, body and limbs, both externally and internally, and muscles, ligaments, tissues, nerves and blood vessels in his head, body and limbs were bruised, lacerated, torn and/or injured and he suffered great bodily pain, injury and mental anguish from then until now, and he will continue to so suffer from said injuries in the future." He is seeking damages for negligence, lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.