Cinematographer’s family killed on set Rust lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and members of production crew for wrongful death and loss of consortium
The family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer killed by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust, has sued the disgraced actor and a number of his fellow production crew members for wrongful death and loss of consortium.
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Hutchins was killed on set of the film on October 21, 2021, at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, when a gun Baldwin was holding in preparation for a scene exploded, hitting not only the director of photography but also the director of the film. , Joel Souza.
Filed Feb. 14 by attorney Krystina Martinez on behalf of Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, and the couple’s son Andros, the lawsuit alleges that “Defendant Alec Baldwin recklessly shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust. “, further noting that the negligence of the other defendants regarding safety regulations was also the cause of the death of the cinematographer.
“Defendant Baldwin and the other defendants in this case failed to perform industry standard safety checks and follow basic firearm safety rules while using real firearms to produce the movie Rust, with fatal consequences,” the lawsuit accuses.
Along with Baldwin, the legal complaint identifies production companies “El Dorado Pictures, Rust Movie Productions, Thomasville Pictures, Short Porch Pictures, Brittany House Pictures, Calvary Media and/or 3rd Shift Media”, individual producers Ryan Smith, Allen Cheney, Nathan Klingher. , Ryan Winterstern, Anjul Nigam, Matthew DelPiano, Gabrielle Pickle and Emily Salveson, film gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, props manager Sarah Zachry, assistant director David Halls and props supplier Seth Kenny, plus 100 other persons not identified as accused.
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The lawsuit also alleges that Baldwin and the other producers were well aware of Gutierrez-Reed’s inexperience as a gunsmith, and yet “ignored Gutierrez-Reed’s concerns that playing the dual roles of gunsmith and assistant prop would result in breaches of basic firearm safety.”
Regarding the companies that participated in the production of Rust, the legal document alleges that they “employed aggressive cost-cutting practices during the production of Rust that compromised and endangered the safety of actors and the Rust team”.
He further clarifies that these measures included “the hiring of inexperienced and unqualified gunsmiths or weapon masters, forcing the film’s gunsmith to split his time as an assistant prop man”.
“Aggressively establishing and adhering to unreasonably rushed production schedules, and hiring unqualified and inexperienced crews and personnel who were responsible for safety during production,” the document states.
According to the legal complaint, all of the defendants, including Baldwin, are charged with “negligent, willful, willful or reckless misconduct resulting in wrongful death” and causing “loss of consortium” – or emotional loss. – to Matthew Hutchins, who had been married to Halyna for 16 years at the time of her death.
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This is the third such lawsuit brought against Baldwin for his role in the murder of Hutchins.
Previously, Rust’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, sued the actor for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress on the grounds that he “intentionally, without cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded weapon.” even if the scene to be filmed ahead did not call for the cocking and firing of the gun.
Earlier, Rust gaffer Serge Svetnoy filed a lawsuit against a similar team of defendants for general negligence, claiming “this incident was caused by the negligent acts and omissions of the defendants, and each of them, as well as their agents, directors and employers.
“Simply put,” Svetnoy’s lawsuit added, “there was no reason for a live ammunition to be placed in this Colt .45 revolver to be present anywhere on the Rust set, and the presence of a bullet in a revolver posed a mortal threat to everyone in his vicinity.
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Additionally, Gutierrez-Reed, herself named as a defendant in the respective Svetnoy family and Hutchins family lawsuits, filed suit last month against gunsmith supplier Seth Kenney and PDQ Arm and Prop, LLC, alleging that “Baldwin failed to respond to Hannah’s request on October 15 to schedule cross draw training.
Unrelated to the shooting on the set of Rust, Baldwin was also the subject of a $25 million defamation lawsuit for allegedly insinuating that Roice McCollum, the sister of US Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, had participated in the Capitol Hill riots of January 6, 2021.
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Recently, Rust on-set doctor Cherlyn Shaefer excluded Baldwin from a lawsuit filed against various members of the film’s production team, including Gutierrez-Reed, Halls, Zachry, Kenney, Rust Movie Productions, LLC and the Bonanza Creek Ranch where the movie was. be shot dead.
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