American actor Alec Baldwin has filed a complaint against several members of the set of the film “Rust”, on which he killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021 by handling a loaded revolver, a dramatic incident that shocked Hollywood.
According to a court document dated Friday, the 64-year-old actor is suing filming gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, assistant director David Halls, head prop Sarah Zachry, as well as assistant gunsmith Seth Kenney. and the accessories business he owns.
“This tragedy happened because live ammunition was delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, (Hannah) Gutierrez-Reed did not check the gun carefully but still announced that she was sure before passing it to (Alec) Baldwin”details the complaint filed in a Los Angeles court.
The actor also accuses Sarah Zachry of not revealing that the gunsmith had a “irresponsible behavior off the set and was a risk”.
On October 21, 2021, the filming of “Rust” on a ranch in Santa Fe (New Mexico) had turned tragic when Mr. Baldwin had activated a weapon supposed to contain only blank bullets but whose very real projectile had injured 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins fatally.
Alec Baldwin’s lawsuit comes amid lawsuits filed by scripter Mamie Mitchell against a slew of crew members, including the actor, whom she accuses of failing to follow safety procedures . She claims to have suffered significant emotional distress, standing close to Alec Baldwin when the gunshot went off.
In October, the actor reached an undisclosed settlement with Halyna Hutchins’ family. If validated by a judge, it will put an end to the civil legal proceedings initiated by the family of Ms Hutchins against Alec Baldwin who accused him of “dangerous behavior”.
She also denounced the cost-cutting measures decided by the producers of the film, including Mr. Baldwin, having according to them led to the death of the filmmaker. An investigation in New Mexico remains ongoing and could lead to possible criminal charges. Production on the film is set to resume in January 2023.