Over one year ago, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured when a gun Baldwin was holding discharged. The “30 Rock” actor has claimed on numerous occasions that he did not pull the trigger on the firearm, which contained real bullets.
How bullets ended up on a film set was the subject of a police investigation that was only recently turned over to the District Attorney’s office for possible criminal charges.
Even though the Hutchins family settled their wrongful death lawsuit against “Rust” producers – including Baldwin – the actor has now turned around and sued the crew with claims of negligence.
Alec Baldwin Is SUING The ‘Rust’ Crew For Negligence!
Even though Los Angeles Superior Court was closed on Friday for the Veteran’s Day holiday, Alec Baldwin still slapped the “Rust” with a negligence lawsuit on Friday, November 11.
The negligence and indemnification lawsuit names “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, first assistant director David Halls, property master Sarah Zachry, and weapons and rounds supplier Seth Kenney – and his company – as defendants in this new lawsuit (via Deadline).
In the cross-complaint from Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, the “Beetlejuice” actor puts the blame for the tragedy on other crew members for failing to properly fail to check the gun for live rounds before the rehearsal scene”
“This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, Gutierrez-Reed failed to check the bullets or the gun carefully, Halls failed to check the gun carefully and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to Baldwin, and Zachry failed to disclose that Gutierrez-Reed had been acting recklessly off set and was a safety risk to those around her.”
The cross-complaint also states that Baldwin has been “fired from multiple jobs” due to the “incident” on the “Rust” set.
“Baldwin has also lost numerous job opportunities and associated income,” the complaint reads. “For example, he’s been fired from multiple jobs expressly because of the incident on Rust and has been passed over for other opportunities, which is a direct result of the negligence of Cross-Defendants Gutierrez-Reed, Halls, Kenney, PDQ, and Zachry.”
“More than anyone else on that set, Baldwin has been wrongfully viewed as the perpetrator of this tragedy,” Baldwin’s lawyer wrote. “By these Cross-Claims, Baldwin seeks to clear his name and hold Cross-Defendants accountable for their misconduct.”
‘There can be no doubt that others have suffered from Cross-Defendants’ negligence far more than Baldwin has,” the lawsuit states, adding:
“Hutchins lost her life, and her young child lost his mother. Producer Joel Souza was shot in the shoulder and has suffered physical and emotional pain. Though by no means comparable, Baldwin must live with the immense grief, and the resulting emotional, physical, and financial toll, caused by the fact that Cross-Defendants’ negligent conduct, assurances, and supervision put a loaded weapon in his hand and led him, Hutchins, and everyone else on set to believe that his directed use of the weapon was safe.”
Baldwin Is The Defendant In A Separate ‘Rust’ Negligence Lawsuit
This is not the only legal lawsuit that Baldwin is currently involved in. Baldwin is actually the defendant in a separate negligence lawsuit. This lawsuit was filed by “Rust” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, who had been standing beside Hutchins and Souza when the gun discharged.
Baldwin did not name Mitchell in Friday’s lawsuit; however, attorney Gloria Allred still fired back at Baldwin’s new negligence suit.
“Baldwin’s cross-complaint is a shameful attempt to shift the blame to others, just as he has done since he fired the fatal shot which killed Ms. Hutchins and injured our client, Mamie Mitchell,” Allred said. “He claims that everyone else was negligent and that everyone else is at fault. Mr. Baldwin appears to argue that he is the only one that is truly innocent.”
“One last thing I have to say to you, Mr. Baldwin – take responsibility for your actions,” Allred continued. “I am not suggesting that others did not also bear some responsibility for what occurred. However, if you look in the mirror you will see the person that we believe bears the most responsibility for what happened on that tragic day on the set of Rust in New Mexico.”
It still remains to be seen if Baldwin will be criminally charged for the “Rust” incident.