Family of Woman Killed on Set of ‘Rust’ Sues Alec Baldwin and Others


The family of a woman killed while filming the western ‘Rust’ filed a wrongful death lawsuit against actor Alec Baldwin and others on Tuesday, saying they disregarded several standard industry practices. industry intended to ensure the safety of film sets. The civil suit was filed in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, on behalf of Matthew Hutchins, husband of the late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and the couple’s 9-year-old son.

“The lawsuit names Alec Baldwin and others who are responsible for on-set security and whose reckless behavior and cost-cutting led to the senseless and tragic death of Halyna Hutchins,” attorney Brian Panish said during at a press conference in Los Angeles. Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured when a .45 caliber Colt revolver Baldwin was using during a rehearsal fired a live round. The film, which Baldwin also served as a producer on, was filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Aaron Dyer, an attorney for Baldwin and other “Rust” producers, said, “Any claim that Alec was reckless is entirely false.” The ’30 Rock’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ actor said he was told the gun was “cold,” an industry term meaning it’s safe to use.

“This protocol has worked on thousands of movies, with millions of dumps, and there’s never been an incident on set where a live bullet has injured someone,” Dyer said. “Actors should be able to rely on gunsmiths and prop department professionals, as well as assistant directors, rather than deciding for themselves when a gun is safe to use,” Dyer added.

But Panish said Baldwin bore “a significant amount of responsibility” because he fired the gun that killed Halyna Hutchins. The lawyer showed an animated re-enactment of what he believed happened inside a church where actors were filming when the shooting happened. Panish said he did not believe the weapon was defective.

“The gun cannot fire unless the trigger is engaged and the hammer is back,” Panish said during the video. “So he had the gun. He says he pulled the hammer out. He fired. She was killed.” Baldwin said he pulled the hammer out of the gun but did not pull the trigger. The lawsuit said Baldwin had a responsibility to keep his finger away from the trigger and not pull the hammer during a rehearsal.

The incident is still under investigation by New Mexico authorities who are trying to determine how live ammunition arrived on the film set. No criminal charges have been filed. Panish said Baldwin should have personally checked the gun to make sure it didn’t contain live ammunition and that he shouldn’t have pointed it directly at a person.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, named about two dozen defendants in addition to Baldwin, including gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed and assistant director David Halls. Representatives for Gutierrez Reed and Halls did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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