Alec Baldwin, who appears interested in further pushing blame and liability for Halyna Hutchins’ accidental death in 2021, has filed a lawsuit against several crew members working on the scandal-plagued film Rust.
The 64 year old gun control activistwho is himself accused in another lawsuit for “recklessly” firing the prop gun, his complaint alleged that the film’s gunsmith, its first assistant director and others failed to ensure on-set security.
The actor’s complaint
Filming took place on October 21, 2021 during filming of a low-rent western in New Mexico.
Baldwin was reportedly practicing drawing a vintage Colt revolverwhich he believed to be loaded with dummy cartridges when he unknowingly fired a real bullet. According to Wrapthe Colt was used earlier that day by crew members for live ammunition target practice.
The stray bullet hit 42-year-old mother and cinematographer Haylyna Hutchens in the chest and director Joel Souza in the collarbone.
Baldwin’s lawsuit, filed Friday, names the following crew members as defendants:
- Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the gunsmith in charge of handling firearms and ammunition on set – accused of not carefully checking the gun or ammunition;
- David Hallsthe first assistant director who handed the gun to Baldwin and allegedly said it was safe – accused of not properly checking the gun;
- Sarah Zachry, the props master – accused of failing in her duties to ensure the safety of guns and ammunition on set; and
- Seth Kenneyreportedly the main supplier of firearms and ammunition for the set.
The New York Times reported that Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, wrote in the complaint that these individuals failed in their professional responsibilities to maintain security on the set of Rust.
According to the lawsuit, “This tragedy occurred because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun.”
nikas wrote“Gutierrez-Reed did not carefully inspect the bullets or the gun, Halls did not carefully inspect the gun and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to Baldwin, and Zachry did not disclose that Gutierrez-Reed was reckless on set.” acted and was a safety hazard to those around her.”
The lawsuit also cited an FBI report showing that live bullets were scattered about the set and were even contained in the bandolier Baldwin was wearing when he accidentally shot Hutchins.
According to that New York Postthe actor’s goal with this lawsuit is to “clear his name” and “hold the defendants accountable for their wrongdoing.”
Like the actor, those named in Baldwin’s lawsuit have denied guilt in the murder of the 42-year-old mother.
On October 27, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office submitted its final investigative report on the shooting to the Santa Fe County Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies has not yet announced whether her office will file criminal charges.
Although Baldwin reached an undisclosed settlement with her family, a spokesman for Carmack-Altwies clarified that the settlement “would not affect the death of Halyna Hutchins in the wrongful death case of Matthew Hutchins against the Rust film producers, including Alec Baldwin District will have Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis’ ongoing investigation or her final decision whether to pursue criminal charges in the case.”
Hollywood Blame Game
Mamie Mitchell, Rust’s executive writer, was standing yards from the gun control activist when he accidentally shot the cameraman-director. Mitchell filed a lawsuit against Baldwin and others involved in the film, alleging the incident caused her “severe physical trauma and shock, as well as injury to her nervous system and personality.”
Mitchell’s lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges, “Alec Baldwin intentionally, without cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun, even though the scene to be filmed did not require cocking and firing a firearm. “
Nikas tried to have his client Baldwin dismissed from the lawsuit, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Whitaker denied the movement earlier this month.
The New York Times reported that Serge Svetnoy, a gaffer on the film, also filed a lawsuit last year accusing Baldwin and several crew members of not following safety protocols.
Svetnoy’s lawsuit alleged that Baldwin acted negligently and failed to verify that the Colt “was actually ‘cold'” before training with it. In addition, the lawsuit found that Baldwin was required to handle the gun “as if it were loaded and not to point it at anyone.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/alec-baldwin-takes-aim-at-rust-crew-members-with-lawsuit-seeks-to-hold-them-accountable-for-their-misconduct-after-he-fatally-shot-a-mother-on-set Alec Baldwin is targeting Rust crew members with a lawsuit seeking to “hold them accountable for their wrongdoing” after fatally shooting a mother on set