NCIS actors sue CBS after they were 'nearly killed' during heist scene

NCIS: New Orleans actors sue CBS after they were ‘nearly killed’ during filming of jewelry store heist when real armed cops turned up believing a robbery was underway 

  • The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, accuses the network of orchestrating the ‘guerilla-style’ heist scene at a strip mall on West Judge Perez Drive, New Orleans
  • Plaintiffs say CBS failed to obtain proper permits, warn neighboring business or inform police that the shoot would be taking place on October 18, 2017
  • The owner of a neighboring store called 911 mid-scene after hearing the actors, who were wearing ski-masks and carrying guns, yell ‘This is a robbery!’
  • The call prompted dozens of heavily armed cops from the St. Bernard Police Department to descend on the scene, holding the actors at gunpoint 
  • The plaintiffs claim that had they not immediately complied with the officer’s demands, they could have been killed with one false move 

Two NCIS: New Orleans actors and a jewelry store owner have launched a lawsuit against CBS after the filming of a heist scene in 2017 ended with real police officers holding them at gunpoint, believing an actual armed robbery was in progress.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles, accuses the network of orchestrating the ‘guerilla-style’ heist scene at a strip mall along West Judge Perez Drive in St. Bernard Parish on October 18, 2017, without obtaining proper permits, warning neighboring businesses or notifying local law enforcement, TMZ reported.

As consequence, the owner of a neighboring store reportedly called 911 mid-scene after seeing the actors, who were wearing ski-masks and carrying assault rifles, jump out from an unmarked van yelling, ‘This is a robbery!’

The call prompted dozens of heavily armed cops from the St. Bernard Police Department to descend on the scene who then held the actors at gunpoint.

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Two NCIS: New Orleans actors and a jewelry store owner have launched a lawsuit against CBS after a 2017 shoot for a heist scene (shown above) ended with local police officers holding them at gunpoint, believing a real armed robbery was in progress.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, accuses the network of orchestrating the ‘guerilla-style’ heist scene at a strip mall on West Judge Perez Drive in St. Bernard Parish October 18, 2017 without obtaining proper permits, warning neighboring businesses or notifying local law enforcement

The plaintiffs claim that had they not immediately complied with the officer’s demands, they could have been killed with one false move.

As a result of the ‘terrifying and traumatizing experience’, the three men are suing CBS for unspecified damages claiming to still be suffering from the psychological effects of such an ordeal.

The two actors, as well as the owner of a New Orleans jewelry store, claim they were approached by NCIS producers in October 2017 about participating in the armed robbery scene.

The three men allege that they agreed to participate in the shoot under the assumption that it would be a ‘traditional television shoot’ operating with the necessary permits and safety protocols. However, they claim that turned out not to be the case.

The identity of the plaintiffs is not immediately apparent. A request for comment on the matter has not yet been returned by attorneys Caleb Mason and Alan Jackson who filed the suit.

In total, four extras were involved in the filming of the scene. Two of them, Justin T Lebrun and Bradford Roublow, previously filed similar lawsuits against CBS in 2018. 

It’s currently unclear whether Lebrun or Roublow are involved in the latest filing.

In his March 2018 suit, Lebrun said he was working as a paid actor for NCIS: New Orleans in October 2017 when CBS and Danni Productions asked him to play the role a jewelry store robber. 

He said the scene came to a dramatic and terrifyingly realistic conclusion when ‘a squad of local police officers arrived on the scene with guns pointed’ at him and his fellow actors.

A letter from Lake Charles neuropsychologist Lawrence S. Silks submitted as part of the lawsuit said Lebrun suffered major depression, anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the ersatz robbery and subsequent police response.

He sought unspecified damages in excess of $75,000 to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss wages and loss of enjoyment of life.

In October the same year, Roublow, representing himself, filed a suit of his own over the botched armed robbery scene.

In his filing, Roublow claims that plans for him and three others to do a photo double shoot for a different scene changed into the four of them staging the jewelry store robbery at the strip mall.

The four extras, all dressed in black suits with ski masks, arrived at the jewelry store carrying fake machine guns, he recounted in the suit.

‘The plaintiff and the three other extras, however, had no idea that the production was being shot at their own risk, ‘guerilla style’ or without any permits or notification of the police. Thus, any complications that may arise were solely their own responsibility,’ the complaint said.

A letter from Lake Charles neuropsychologist Lawrence S. Silks submitted as part of the lawsuit said Lebrun suffered major depression, anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the ersatz robbery and subsequent police response


In his original March 2018 filing , Lebrun said he was working as a paid actor for NCIS: New Orleans in October 2017 when CBS and Danni Productions had him play the role of ‘robbing’ a jewelry store and ‘a squad of local police officers arrived on the scene with guns pointed’ at him.

Police violently busted down the jewelry shop door and told everyone to get on the ground, Roublow claimed


Roublow accused Danni Productions, who were overseeing the shoot, of not wanting ‘want anyone to say anything about it as if trying to sweep the whole incident under the rug.’

After around three takes and 45 minutes into the film shoot, Roublow said he and the three other male actors were ‘suddenly and frighteningly confronted by the St. Bernard police about a reported jewelry store robbery.’

Police violently busted down the jewelry shop door and told everyone to get on the ground, he claimed.

‘Ready to act, the Chalmette Police Department had heavy artillery, including real machine guns with lasers, pointed at what they saw as four legitimate jewelry store robbers wearing ski masks and toting machine guns,’ the lawsuit states.

One of the actors on the scene was arrested for a bench warrant, and the others, including Roublow, were given their day rate and sent home, he said.

Roublow accused Danni Productions, who were overseeing the shoot, of not wanting ‘want anyone to say anything about it as if trying to sweep the whole incident under the rug.’

Roublow said that after reporting the incident, he stopped getting job offers for work on ‘NCIS: New Orleans.’

CBS has not yet responded to a DailyMail.com request for comment about the latest lawsuit.

TMZ reports that the network has responded by trying to have the suit thrown out of California court, as the episode was filmed in Louisiana.

However, the three men have pushed back. According to their lawyers, the California lawsuit is valid because NCIS: New Orleans is produced in Los Angeles.

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