Alec Baldwin filed a lawsuit over last 12 months’s deadly shootout on the set of “Rust”, alleging the neglect of several film crew members in an try and “clear his name.”
A lawsuit filed Friday within the Los Angeles Supreme Court lists Western’s first deputy director, armorer, ammunition supplier, and prop as defendants.
Baldwin’s mutual grievance follows a lawsuit filed last 12 months by Mamie Mitchell, overseeing the film’s script. A civil lawsuit accused Baldwin of “playing Russian roulette” by aiming a Colt .45 revolver at cinematographer Halina Hutchins, who by accident shot and killed her. Director Joel Souza was also injured in a shootout in October 2021.
“Greater than anyone else on the set, Baldwin was wrongly viewed because the perpetrator of this tragedy,” said Alec Baldwin’s lawyer Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel within the grievance. “Through these mutual claims, Baldwin tries to clear his name and hold the cross-accused to account for his or her misconduct.”
Authorities said Hutchins had been killed by a live bullet in a gun. The questions were about how live ammunition ended up on the set in Latest Mexico and the prop, and whether the crew members had taken the obligatory precautions.
The individuals named in Baldwin’s lawsuit denied any guilt throughout the investigation of the shooting and other lawsuits.
The primary assistant director of the film, Dave Halls, handed over the gun to Baldwin while announcing “cold gun” to notify the crew that a gun with no projectiles energized was getting used as per the search warrant. Halls reportedly told investigators that he didn’t know there have been live cartridges within the gun when he handed it over to Baldwin, in line with the statement.
Baldwin’s lawsuit claims that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, “didn’t thoroughly check the bullets or weapons” and acted “recklessly”, including allegedly taking the film props to the shooting range for goal training.
Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney had previously said that his client had no idea where the live celebration was coming from and that she was not on the church where the rehearsal was going down.
Earlier this 12 months, Gutierrez-Reed filed a lawsuit accusing Albuquerque-based PDQ Arm and Prop LLC of supplying a live bullet set in a box that was speculated to contain only fake bullets.
In an interview with ABC News just a few days after the shooting, Seth Kenney, owner of the prop room, denied that the live round and other live investigators found on the set were from his company.
“It isn’t possible for them to return from PDQ or me personally,” said Kenney. “Once we ship mannequins, they’re individually rattle tested before being shipped.”
Baldwin’s lawsuit further claims that the film’s prop maker Sarah Zachry didn’t disclose that Gutierrez-Reed “posed a security risk to those round her.”
After a 12 months of investigation into the shooting, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office passed its report back to the local district attorney last month, who will resolve whether or to not prosecute anyone involved within the shooting.
Last month, the Hutchins family reached a settlement in a wrongful death trial against the film’s producers, including Baldwin.