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The Quietus:

December 1985, a courthouse in Los Angeles. Sally Kirkland has filed a lawsuit against Dennis Hopper and Neil Young, relating to an incident which had occurred five years previously. Hopper had been performing knife tricks on the set of the Young’s Human Highway whilst reportedly under the influence of amyl nitrate, marijuana and tequila. The knife in question was not a dummy prop but the real thing, the result being a deep wound on Kirkland’s behalf and a severed tendon. She was suing Hopper to the sum of $2 million and seeking restitution from Young for his failure to control the actor. During the trial (which Kirkland would lose) one of the witnesses was asked what Human Highway was about. They replied: “I haven’t the faintest idea.”




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