Alec Baldwin, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, and assistant director Dave Halls have been implicated in a lawsuit related to the death of cameraman Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust.”
Hutchins was killed, and director Joel Souza was injured, when a pistol held by Baldwin to practice a scenario discharged, releasing a live bullet. In the weeks since the scandal, much speculation has been made about the safety protocols that were in place to avoid such a tragic event, with based on speculation blame and the police investigation focusing on Gutierrez Reed and Halls, who handled the gun prior to the attack and were tasked with having to check it to prevent the exact event.
According to records acquired by Fox News, Serge Svetnoy, the indie-western film’s principal gaffer, filed a complaint against the three and others, saying the defendants’ alleged incompetence caused him significant mental anguish.
According to Svetnoy’s claim, Baldwin “had a responsibility” to the plaintiff and other crew members to treat the Colt Revolver he was given as a loaded firearm. According to the lawsuit, Baldwin just needed to point the firearm at the camera and not at anybody else.
In the lawsuit, Svetnoy also alleges that he was injured by “discharge elements” from the shooting, with a missile “narrowly” missing him before hitting Hutchins.
“As a direct and proximate result of the occurrence,” he stated, he “suffered harm, including serious mental anguish.”
The lawsuit says that the shooting occurred as a result of the defendants’ “negligent activities,” which include Gutierrez Reed, Halls, and prop master Sarah Zachry: “Simply put, there was no need to put a live bullet in there. The existence of a bullet in a revolver constituted a fatal threat to everyone in its area on the ‘Rust’ set, and the presence of a bullet in a revolver provided a serious hazard to everyone in its vicinity.”
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