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Alec Baldwin sues ‘Rust’ crew after Halina Hutchins’ death on set

Alec Baldwin sues ‘Rust’ crew after Halina Hutchins’ death on set

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Alec Baldwin is suing Armorer and other people associated with the film “Rust” after he was given a loaded gun on set that went off last year, killing a cinematographer.

Baldwin alleges in the lawsuit that the shooting was caused by the negligence of Hannah Gutierrez-Reid, the armorer in charge of guns and ammunition on set; assistant director Dave Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin and said it was safe; Sarah Zachary, who was in charge of props; and Seth Kenny, who supplied the guns and ammunition on set and assisted the armorer. Baldwin, who was sued after the shooting, “attempts to clear his name” and hold the defendants “responsible for their misconduct,” according to a counterclaim filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the actor’s attorney, Luke Nikas.

“This tragedy occurred because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, Gutierrez-Reid failed to carefully inspect the bullets or the gun, Hall failed to carefully inspect the gun and yet declared the gun safe before handing it over to Baldwin. , and Zachary failed to disclose that Gutierrez-Reid was acting recklessly off set and was a safety risk to those around him,” Nikas wrote.

The Washington Post was not immediately able to reach the defendants Friday evening.

In October 2021, Baldwin was inside a church building at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, practicing cocking when the gun went off, killing cinematographer Halina Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. It is unclear why the prop contained live ammunition.

According to interviews conducted by the Sante Fe County Sheriff’s Office, people on set saw and heard Hall retrieve a .45 Long Colt revolver from Gutierrez-Reed, declare it a “cold gun” and hand it to Baldwin. The term art means no live rounds in a weapon.

A New Mexico medical examiner ruled Hutchins’ death an accident after being shot in the chest. a FBI report suggested that the gun would not have fired unless its trigger had been pulled.

FBI test says ‘rusty’ shooting gun can’t fire without trigger pull

Baldwin’s lawsuit is the latest since the shooting: Gutierrez-Reid sued KennyHe is said to be responsible for the live ammunition on the set. Script supervisor Mamie Mitchell sued Several others, including Baldwin, Gutierrez-Reid and Hall, have been charged with workplace safety.

Halina Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit this year against Baldwin and other companies involved in the production, seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The defendants settled the case last month.

On December 2, Alec Baldwin spoke with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos about shooting on the set of “Rust” in October 2021. (Video: Julie Yun/The Washington Post)

After news of the settlement, Matthew Hutchins called his wife’s death a “terrible accident.”

“I have no interest in blaming or blaming [to the producers or Mr. Baldwin]” Hutchins said in a statement last month after reaching a settlement with the actor. “We all believe Halina’s death was a horrific accident.”

Alec Baldwin, Others Settle With Halina Hutchins’ Family In ‘Rust’ Case

According to the statement, filming will resume next year with Matthew Hutchins as an executive producer.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office provided its investigation report to local prosecutors in October, but the results of the investigation have not been made public. Local prosecutors have not filed criminal charges in the shooting.


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