Allman Biopic Filmmakers Release Statement

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 18: Singer/Songwriter Gregg Allman during rehearsals for 'Celebrating Georgia With Chuck Leavell & Friends' at Atlanta Symphony Hall on January 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Two of the filmmakers behind the embattled Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider," have issued a statement about the criminal charges that have been filed against them.

Director Randall Miller and his wife, producer Jody Savin, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing over a February 20th on-set tragedy that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured other crew members. The couple surrendered to authorities in Wayne County, Ga., and are free on $27,000 bond.

In their statement they called the incident "a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident, but not a crime: "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the vents are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime; we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody's safety at risk." They added that in nearly 25 years of filmmaking "we have never had a significant injury or accident of any kind."

Executive producer Jay Sedrish is also facing the charges but has not yet turned himself in.

The trio, along with others associated with the film -- including Allman -- face numerous civil suits, including one from Jones' family. In the wake of the tragedy, William Hurt, one of two actors portraying Allman, has quit the film, while Allman is taking legal action to scuttle the project. The film has not officially been canceled, however.