A woman has reportedly filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Rose McGowan claiming she was left brain-damaged after being pushed over by a dog owned by the actress.
The actress’ rep confirms to PEOPLE a TMZ report on Elna Ebner, 85, who alleges that while she was taking a walk in the Hollywood Hills with her daughter last July, McGowan’s dog Mrs. Noodle, who was under the control of a dog walker, jumped up at her, causing her to fall backward down a hill.
Ebner asserts that when she fell, her head hit the cement and she cracked her skull resulting in brain damage. She is now under 24-hour care, reports TMZ.
Although McGowan, 42, was not present for the incident, she is named as a defendant in the suit because she owns the dog.
In a statement, the actress stressed that while the situation is a “terribly sad accident”, she should not be found at fault.
“Elna walks through the neighborhood every day. She’s a trouper. I was working in NYC when my dog walker stopped to talk to two of my neighbors, an 85-year-old mother and her older daughter,” she said. “My sweet-as-pie foster dog, Mrs. Noodle, a large but terribly gentle mixed breed, put her paws on the knees of a woman that stands 4’7″. The woman was standing on the hill’s 65 percent incline.”
She continued: “This terribly sad accident was an unfortunate sequence of events. Do I wish this tiny elderly woman hadn’t stopped to talk to my foster dog? Yes. Did it happen? Yes. Am I responsible? No.”