Alec Baldwin is suing Rust crew members after allegedly handing him a loaded gun that killed the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. The actor accuses the people responsible for the armory of negligence and for providing him with a deadly weapon.
On Friday, Baldwin filed a lawsuit as a cross-complaint to a case filed against him last year. Mamie Mitchell claimed that the shooting incident caused severe trauma to her and other members present at the scene. The litigation is still ongoing as the judge declines to dismiss the actor as a defendant.
Alec Baldwin Sues Rust Crew Members For Negligence
Baldwin blames armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the person in charge of guns and ammunition. He also sues assistant director Dave Halls for handing him the gun and told the actor it was safe. Baldwin also blames Sarah Zachry who is in charge of the props, and Seth Kenney who acts as a supplier of guns and ammo on set.
The Rust star seeks to clear his name of the accusation held against him. Luke Nikas, the actor’s lawyer, reads the counterclaim filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court:
“This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, Gutierrez-Reed failed to check the bullets or the gun carefully, Halls failed to check the gun carefully and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to Baldwin, and Zachry failed to disclose that Gutierrez-Reed had been acting recklessly off set and was a safety risk to those around her.”
Baldwin insists he did not pull the trigger on his interview with ABC News, but according to a New Mexico medical examiner, the cinematographer’s manner of death was a shot in the chest. FBI suggested the gun would not fire if the trigger was not pulled.
Gutierrez-Reed, Halls, Zachry, and Kenney’s lawyers are still unavailable for any comments, but they all deny any responsibility for the shooting incident. Baldwin admits to losing work projects after the tragedy.
Fans Believe Alec Baldwin Is Responsible For The Incident
In October 2021, the actor accidentally fired a live gun on the set of Rust, which injured director Joel Souza and killed Halyna Hutchins. The public, however, is not buying Baldwin’s claim and they believe it was all on him. Check out their tweets:
Yes. Yes. that is such a Alec Baldwin thing to do. Kill a woman then sue everyone else.
— The Great Drewski (@AmazingDrewski) November 12, 2022
Alec Baldwin us a POS. As the producer of “Rust” he’s responsible for everything that happened on his set. Yet he’s suing his crew for monetary damages when HE pulled the fucking trigger and killed a woman! The balls on this psychopath.
— ForeverRedTexas (@ForeverRedTexas) November 12, 2022
Alec Baldwin pointed a loaded firearm at people and pulled the trigger.
He's a murderer, & he negligently harmed another person.
His name will never be cleared.
— Populo Iratus (@astronomy89) November 12, 2022
He's SUCH a Democrat. Walks away (so far) from killing someone, and now HE is going to sue…https://t.co/wmfA4jem9c
— RD Carrington (@rdcarrington) November 12, 2022
Matthew Hutchins, the husband of the victim, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and sought compensation for the damages. Last month, the two parties have settled, and Hutchins said his wife’s death was a terrible accident.
Filming has also been reported to resume next year, with Halyna’s husband stepping up as the executive producer.
Source: The Washington Post