Alec Baldwin sues 4 people over ‘Rust’ set incident

The actor wants to clear his name and sues the team of technicians of the film ‘Rust’ on the set of which the director of cinematography Halyna Hutchins was killed by a bullet from a gun that Baldwin was holding

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Alec Baldwin he anticipates the decisions of the New Mexico prosecutor’s office and sues the team of technicians of the film ‘Rust’ on the set of which the director of cinematography Halyna Hutchins was killed by a bullet from a gun that the actor was holding. Baldwin, who faces indictment for the woman’s death, has filed a lawsuit against the film’s gunsmith and props assistant, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, assistant director David Halls, props master Sarah Zachry, and Seth Kenney, who supplied guns and ammunition to the film set. The actor there accusation of negligence for putting a gun in his hand that turned out to be loaded with live bullets instead of blanks. The result of the mistake was the death of the director of photography and the injury of the director of the film. The lawsuit is a response to the one filed last year in Los Angeles by production designer Mamie Mitchell who accused Baldwin and the rest of the production of causing her severe emotional trauma from the shooting.

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Accident on the set of the Rust movie, Baldwin could be indicted

“This tragedy happened because ‘live’ ammunition was delivered to the set and loaded onto a gun,” said Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas. The drama on the set dates back to October 21, 2021 during the making of ‘Rust’, a low-budget western that Baldwin co-produces as well as interpreter, on a New Mexico ranch outside Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office recently completed its investigation and the file, still top secret, is now in the hands of Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies to decide on the case.

In his lawsuit, Baldwin accuses Gutierrez-Reed of failing to verify that a Colt revolver he was using in trials was safe. The lawsuit also contends that Halls did not check the weapon before declaring it safe and handing it over to Baldwin, and that Zachry failed to ensure that the weapons used on the New Mexico set were safe. All those named in the lawsuit denied any responsibility. The gun Baldwin wielded during rehearsals – intended to be loaded only with blanks – instead fired a shot, killing 42-year-old Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

the civil agreement with the Hutchins family

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Incident on the set, agreement between Baldwin and the victim’s family

Baldwin last month struck a civil settlement with Hutchins’ family, details of which were not disclosed. Production on the film will resume in January, the directors said, with Hutchins’ husband Matthew Hutchins taking over the role of executive producer. “I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or blame claims,” ​​said Hutchins. “We all believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident.” New Mexico investigators have not filed any criminal charges. Gutierrez-Reed on his part sued the ammunition supplier of the film, accusing him of leaving real bullets among the dummy cartridges. The incident led to requests from Hollywood to permanently ban guns.

Alec Baldwin sues 4 people over ‘Rust’ set incident