Crew Member Sues Alec Baldwin For Negligence: ”Attempted to save money by hiring an insufficient number of crew members to safely handle the props and firearms”

The head of lighting on Alec Baldwin’s movie “Rust” filed a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and two others over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set. The suit alleged Baldwin and others were negligent and that the plaintiff has suffered “severe emotional distress.”

Serge Svetnoy said in the lawsuit that the bullet that killed his Halyna Hutchins barely missed him. “They should never, ever, have had live rounds on this set,” Svetnoy’s attorney Gary A. Dordick said.

The suit targets Baldwin because he “owed a duty to the Plaintiff and other crew members and actors on the ‘Rust’ set to handle the Colt Revolver provided to him by defendant Halls with reasonable care and diligence for the safety of ‘Rust’ cast and crew.”

The suit continues: “This duty called for Defendant Baldwin to double-check the Colt Revolver with Halls upon being handled to ensure that it did not contain live ammunition.

“What happened next will haunt Plaintiff forever.

“He felt a strange and terrifying whoosh of what felt like pressurized air from his right. 

“He felt what he believed was gunpowder and other residual materials directly strike the right side of his face.”

The suit claims Baldwin was negligent as a producer on “Rust.” It says, ”They attempted to save money by hiring an insufficient number of crew members to safely handle the props and firearms.” 

The suit says there were other issues on the set including violating industry norms, declining requests for weapons training days, failing to allow proper time to allow for gunfire, failing to send out safety bulletins and spreading the staff too thin.

The suit also claims the scene Baldwin was rehearsing did not call for him to pull the trigger, “the scene did not call for Defendant Baldwin to shoot the Colt Revolver.”

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Instead, the scene called for Baldwin to draw the gun and point it in the general direction of the camera. 

From The AP:

Authorities have said that Halls, the assistant director, handed the weapon to Baldwin and announced “cold gun,” indicating that the weapon was safe to use.

Halls said last week that he hoped the tragedy prompted the film industry to “reevaluate its values and practices” to ensure no one is harmed again, but did not provide details.

Baldwin said on video on Oct. 30 that the shooting was a “one-in-a-trillion event” saying, “We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.”

The director Souza told detectives that Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in which he drew a revolver from his holster and pointed it toward the camera, which Hutchins and Souza were behind, according to court records in New Mexico.

Souza said the scene did not call for the use of live rounds, and Gutierrez Reed said real ammo should never have been present, according to the court records.

The Los Angeles lawsuit alleges that the scene did not call for Baldwin to fire the gun at all, only to point it.

Hollywood professionals have been baffled by the circumstances of the movie-set shooting. It already has led to other production crews stepping up safety measures.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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