Alec Baldwin sued over “Rush” gun incident


The head of lighting for the film “Rust”, Serge Svetnoy, filed the first lawsuit against American actor and producer Alec Baldwin and other members of the film’s production on Wednesday after the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of it.

At a press conference in Los Angeles, Svetnoy, who was also wounded by the bullet that killed Hutchins, said he saw “first-hand that several weapons were left unattended, on the ground and unsupervised” throughout the filming at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe.

For these conditions on set and the subsequent fatal accident, Svetnoy filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court for negligence against the film’s producers, including Baldwin, as well as against the assistant director and the person in charge of arms control. In that court document, the lighting expert blamed weapons officer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for accepting a job over and above her experience on a shoot that required “several auxiliary gunsmiths to safely handle” these weapons.

According to the lawsuit, Gutierrez-Reed “negligently allowed” a Colt .45 caliber revolver with at least one live bullet to be turned over to Assistant Principal David Halls, who also failed to properly inspect the weapon and subsequently gave it to Baldwin. What’s more, Svetnoy claimed that Baldwin also “had a duty” to verify “twice” that the revolver was not loaded with live ammunition before pulling the trigger.

“This duty also required him to handle the Colt revolver as if it were loaded and to refrain from pointing it at anyone,” the lawsuit alleges.

At the press conference, Svetnoy said that he is “convinced” that the producers bear much of the blame for allegedly trying to “save money by hiring insufficient numbers of workers to safely handle accessories and firearms correctly on set. from ‘Rust’ “.

“Because the use of firearms and live ammunition in movies represents an inherently dangerous activity, the producers of Rust had a duty to hire trained and experienced individuals to carefully supervise the use of firearms and ammunition in the filming of the film. movie, “Svetnoy added in her complaint. While the official investigations progress, other details have been known, such as that Halls, who gave the pistol to Baldwin, He was fired from another shoot in 2019 for a similar incident although, fortunately, he did not injure anyone.

Halls acknowledged in October that he did not check the gun he handed to Baldwin before rehearsing the scene because he was convinced it contained fake bullets.



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