The family of Cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins killed during shooting the movie “Rust” has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against actor Alec Baldwin and others on Tuesday, February 15 claiming they disregarded and overlooked several industry-wide practices meant to keep movie sets safe.
Recall that Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded with a gun Baldwin was using during a rehearsal that supposedly had live bullets in it.
This happened while the movie was being shot at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico.
Baldwin had claimed he was told the gun was “cold,” meaning safe to use, and that he did not pull the trigger. Lawyers of Halyna’s husband, Matthew Hutchins, had gone ahead to file the lawsuit in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, on behalf of Matthew and the couple’s 9-year-old son.
Attorney Brian Panish, the lawyer for Mathew Hutchins told a news conference in Los Angeles that the lawsuit names Alec Baldwin and others who are responsible for the safety on the set and whose reckless behavior and cost-cutting led to the senseless and tragic death of Halyna Hutchins.
The law suit named about two dozen defendants in addition to Baldwin, including armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed and assistant director David Halls. The attorney also showed an animated recreation of what he believed happened inside the church where actors were filming when the shooting occurred.
The attorney said he did not believe the weapon was ‘cold’ or not working properly.” The gun cannot fire unless the trigger is engaged and the hammer is back,” he said. “So he had the gun. He says he pulled the hammer back. It fired. She was killed.”
Do you think this was a mere accident?