Alec Baldwin is facing a lawsuit from Halyna Hutchins' family. The cinematographer was tragically shot on set in October last year during the making of Rust.
In particular, the family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit over the loss of their family member five months ago in New Mexico.
The Accident Happened On October 21st, 2021 On The Set Of Rust
Alec Baldwin was holding the prop gun that killed Halyna when it fired. He was practicing a stunt when the deadly accident happened.
Baldwin was both the producer and the star of the film, and when he fired the gun, he shot 42-year-old Halyna dead and injured Joel Souza, the film's director.
Baldwin Was Rehearsing A Scene In Which He Had To Point A Gun At The Camera
Documents released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office after the accident showed that Baldwin was rehearsing a scene from the film when the deadly accident occurred.
The actor was sitting on a church pew, and he had to draw a revolver and point it at the camera. Halyna and Souza were viewing the camera, with Souza standing behind Hutchins.
In A Media Interview, Baldwin Denied Pulling The Trigger
Following the accident, Baldwin gave an interview in December in which he said he did not pull the trigger. He also said he was incredibly sad after the accident, although he did not feel guilt.
Although Baldwin said he could not say who was responsible for the accident that caused Halyna's death, he made it clear that he was not to blame.
After the incident, the actor allegedly suffered from constant nightmares. The shooting also had a huge impact on his life.
Baldwin Said He Suffers Emotional Collapse At The End Of Every Day
After the incident, Baldwin said he had to go through the day but would collapse emotionally at the end of the day. He also recalls his conversation with Halyna's husband and son after she died.
He told Halyna's husband that he did not know what to say. Halyna's husband then said to the 63-year-old actor, "I suppose you and I are going to go through this together."
Still, Baldwin imagined that he would not have as hard a time as Halyna's husband would.
Baldwin Told Halyna's Husband That He Was Very Sorry
Halyna's husband told Baldwin that his son did not have a mother anymore and that there was nothing they could do to bring her back. Baldwin then answered him by saying:
"I don't know how to convey to you how sorry I am."
It has been months since the accident happened, and finally, a case has been filed against Baldwin and those connected.
The Complaint Says Complaints About Safety Violations Were Ignored
The complaint starts by pointing out that Halyna Hutchins deserved to live, but the defendants, who were in a position to keep her from dying, had failed in their duty to protect the safety of everyone on set, considering that there were firearms around.
The lawsuit accuses those responsible for the crew's safety of cutting corners concerning safety procedures, hence putting human lives at risk to rush the filming and stay on schedule.
The complaint also says that "numerous complaints of safety violations" were ignored in a bid to stay on schedule.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer, and David Halls, the assistant director, were explicitly named in the lawsuit.
The Lawsuit Would Like Those Responsible For Halyna's Death Held Responsible
The court filing went on to say that the lawsuit was seeking justice for the losses her survivors had suffered while also holding those responsible for her death to account.
The lawsuit points out that if Baldwin, the producers, and the Rust production had put in place proper safety precautions and ensured there was firearm safety on October 21, 2021, Halyna would be still alive and well, "hugging her husband and nine-year-old son."
Brian Panish, Who Is Representing Hutchins' Estate, Also Addressed The Lawsuit
Brian had an emotional statement to make about the case. He said that Halyna's husband had lost "his long-term wife" and "the love of his life" while his son had lost a mother. He went on to say that this "never should have happened."
Panish Said That The Lawsuit Would Also Help The Husband Get Answers
Panish claimed that Halyna's husband was still grieving the loss of his wife and that the lawsuit would help him find answers.
Randi McGinn, the lawyer representing the estate, said that people were constantly coming in from out of town to play cowboys, yet they didn't know how to use guns.
The lawyer pointed out that someone does not get a gun until they have received some safety training. He also added:
"No one should ever die with a real gun on a make-believe movie set."