Alec Baldwin accuses ‘Rust’ crew members of negligence in new lawsuit
Alec Baldwin filed a lawsuit over last year Deadly shooting Several crew members of the film have alleged negligence on the sets of “Rust” for “clearing his name”.
The suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, names the first assistant director of the Western Region, a gunsmith, ammunition supplier and prop master as defendants.
Baldwin’s cross-complaint follows a lawsuit filed last year by Mamie Mitchell, the film’s script supervisor. The civil suit accuses Baldwin of pointing a Colt .45 revolver at film cameraman Halina Hutchins and accidentally shooting her. Director Joel Souza was also injured during the October 2021 shoot.
“More than anyone else on that set, Baldwin has been wrongly seen as the perpetrator of this tragedy,” one of Alec Baldwin’s attorneys, Luke Nikas of Queen Emanuel, said in the complaint. “Through this cross-claim, Baldwin seeks to clear his name and hold the cross-defendants accountable for their misconduct.”
Hutchins was Killed by a live round inside the gun, authorities said. Questions surround how and if live ammunition made it onto the New Mexico set and prop gun Appropriate safety precautions was taken by crew members.
Those named in Baldwin’s lawsuit have denied any wrongdoing amid investigations into the shooting and other cases.
Mamie Mitchell’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, issued a statement late Friday responding to Baldwin’s lawsuit, saying her “cross-complaint is a shameful attempt to shift the blame onto others, just as she did when she fired the fatal shot that killed Ms. Hutchins.”
“[Baldwin] Claiming that everyone else was negligent and everyone else was at fault,” Allred continued. “Mr. Baldwin argues that he is the only one who is truly innocent… it was [Baldwin] That failed to ensure that the gun did not contain live ammunition in violation of industry protocol and common sense. [He] can’t go [his] Alluded to is responsible for this terrible tragedy [the] Fingers at everyone else.
The film’s first assistant director, Dave Halls, handed the gun to Baldwin while announcing “Cold Gun”, to let the crew know that a gun with no live rounds was being used. Search warrant affidavit. Halls told investigators he didn’t know there were any live rounds in the gun when he gave it to Baldwin, according to the affidavit.
Baldwin’s lawsuit alleges that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reid, “failed to carefully examine the bullet or gun” and acted “recklessly,” including taking the film’s prop guns to the shooting range for target practice.
An attorney for Gutierrez-Reid previously said his client had no idea where the live rounds came from and was not at the church where the rehearsal was taking place.
“Baldwin is solely responsible for the harm that occurred,” his attorney, Jason Bowles, said in response to Baldwin’s lawsuit. “He refused training and pointed the gun and pulled the trigger without the armor being present. His arrogance is astounding. It’s time for his fault.”
Gutierrez-Reid earlier this year filed a lawsuit Albuquerque prop house PDQ Arm and Prop LLC is accused of providing set live rounds in a box that was supposed to contain only dummy rounds.
In an interview with ABC News days after the shooting, prop house owner Seth Kenny denied that the live rounds found on set and other live rounds investigators had come from his company.
“It’s not a possibility that they came from PDQ or from me personally,” Kenney said. “When we send dummy rounds out, they are checked individually before they are sent.”
Baldwin’s lawsuit also alleges that the film’s prop master, Sarah Zachary, failed to disclose that Gutierrez-Reid was “a safety risk to those around him.”
The lawsuit claims that Baldwin “suffered substantial damages” as a result of the defendants’ alleged negligence.
“She suffers physically and mentally from the grief caused by the incident. Not a day goes by that she does not think about the incident and suffer,” the complaint said. “Baldwin also lost numerous job opportunities and related income. For example, he was fired from multiple jobs and passed over for other opportunities because of the ‘rust’ incident.”
He is seeking an unspecified amount of damages, including compensatory damages arising from Mitchell’s lawsuit
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office last month after a year-long investigation into the shooting His report is on to the local district attorney, who will decide whether to press criminal charges against anyone involved in the shooting.
The Hutchins family last month A settlement is reached In her wrongful death lawsuit against the film’s producers, including Baldwin.
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