LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Longtime KNBC-TV Channel 4 anchor Kelly Lange is suing the Bel-Air Country Club stemming from injuries she and a male companion suffered while dancing there in 2019.
Lange, who turns 84 on Tuesday, and co-plaintiff James Evering brought the Los Angeles Superior Court complaint on Tuesday, alleging negligence and premises liability. They are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Bel-Air Country Club General Manager Adam Fannon did not immediately return a call for comment.
Lange, the first woman to be a nightly news anchor in Los Angeles, and Evering attended a party at the club on Bellagio Road on Dec. 7, 2019, and “utilized the dance floor to engage in dancing to the provided music,” according to the suit.
Loose electrical cords connected to the speaker were left loose and untaped on the dance floor, the suit alleges.
When the floor center became filled with other dancers, Lange and Evering moved to the area where the loose cords were located, but they did not see them, according to the complaint.
Evering tripped over a cord and Lange tried to prevent his fall, but she also fell to the floor, according to the suit. She broke one wrist while trying to brace herself during the tumble and also suffered other injuries, the suit states.
Evering fell onto his back and suffered back pain that in the ensuing months restricted his range of motion, the suit states.
Lange started in March 1971 as a weather forecaster on KNBC’s weeknight newscasts and was promoted to anchor five years later. She also was a co-host of NBC’s coverage of the Tournament of Roses parade and previously worked as a weather and traffic reporter flying in a helicopter under the name of Dawn O’Day during KABC-AM’s (790) morning news broadcasts.
After co-hosting a talk show, “Women 2 Women,” for two years on KCBS-TV with newswoman Ann Martin, Lange left broadcasting to write mystery novels.