Actor Alec Baldwin alleges wrongdoing against ‘Rust’ crew members in lawsuit
the actor Alec Baldwin According to a cross-complaint obtained by CNN on Friday, “Rust” has filed a lawsuit in California against several people associated with the film.
Cinematographer Halina Hutchins The actor was fatally shot last October while rehearsing a scene for the movie being filmed near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The lawsuit is the first legal action in which Baldwin has accused someone of wrongdoing in connection with the shooting.
Baldwin, who is listed as a defendant 2021 case By a “rusty” script supervisor, production armourer Hannah Gutierrez filed a cross-complaint against Reed, assistant director David Halls, armourer’s assistant Seth Kenny, Kenny-owned arms and ammunition supply company, and prop master Sarah Zachary.
“More than anyone else in that set, Baldwin is wrongly viewed as the perpetrator of this tragedy. Through this cross-claim, Baldwin seeks to clear his name and hold the cross-defendants accountable for their misconduct,” the cross-complaint states.
“This tragedy occurred because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, Gutierrez failed to check the reed bullets or the gun Specifically, Hall failed to carefully inspect the gun and still declare that the gun was safe before handing it over to Baldwin, and Zachary failed to disclose that Gutierrez was acting recklessly off the Reid set and was a safety risk to those around him,” the complaint states. , added Baldwin was not aware of those facts, but the cross-defendants did.
“These cross defenders are professionals who give those on set, including Baldwin, a responsibility to keep the set safe. Everyone on set, including Baldwin, expected and believed them to do it. Hutchins would never have ordered Baldwin to point the gun at him and cock the hammer if he thought there was even the slightest chance that it would be loaded; Baldwin, who shared Hutchins’s state of mind at that critical moment, would not have done so under such circumstances,” the suit claims.
Baldwin is seeking “compensatory, nominal, statutory and punitive damages” through a jury trial, litigation-related costs and other relief ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court, the cross-complaint said.
in a August 2022 interview with CNNGutierrez blamed Reid and Hall for the tragedy on Baldwin’s film set, who gave him the gun.
Gutierrez Reid’s attorney, Jason Bowles, told CNN on Friday: “He was the one who shot Halina and it’s his fault, no one else’s.”
Asked for comment in August, Hall’s attorney accused Baldwin of shifting the blame to others.
Kenny’s attorney has previously denied responsibility for the shooting.
CNN reached out Friday to attorneys representing Hall and Kenney for comment on the lawsuit. CNN is seeking contact details for Zachary’s attorney.
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