Alec Baldwin sued over fatal shooting on film set

The light guide of the western film Rust has filed a lawsuit over Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Serge Svetnoy claims negligence caused him “severe emotional distress” while saying the bullet that killed his friend narrowly missed him and then he held her head as she died on the set of the film in New Mexico.

The lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court names nearly two dozen defendants associated with the film, including Baldwin, who was both a star and a producer; David Halls, the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun; and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of guns on set.

It is the first known lawsuit of possibly many to be traced back to the October 21 shooting that also injured Rust director Joel Souza.

“Simply put, there was no need to put a sharp bullet in that .45 Colt revolver or be anywhere on the ‘Rust’ set, and the presence of a bullet in a revolver posed a lethal threat to anyone in his Environment “, it says in the lawsuit.

The suit says Svetnoy made the lighting within 6 or 7 feet of Baldwin.

“What happened next will haunt the plaintiff forever,” the lawsuit said. “He felt a strange and terrifying rush from what felt like pressurized air from his right hand. He felt how he believed it was gunpowder and other residues that hit the right side of his face. “

Then he knelt down to help Hutchins, his glasses scratched and his hearing muffled, the suit said.

The lawsuit seeks both damages and punitive damages, which are to be determined later. It was filed in Los Angeles County because the plaintiff and most of the defendants are resident there.

Gutierrez Reed’s attorney, Jason Bowles, said in a statement on Wednesday, “We believe it was sabotage and that Hannah is being tricked. We believe that the scene was manipulated even before the police arrived. “

Mr Bowles said his client gave a full interview to authorities and will continue to provide assistance.

“We ask for a full and complete investigation of all the facts, including the live rounds themselves, how they ended up in the ‘dummies’ box and who put them in there,” the statement said.

Gutierrez Reed said last week that she inspected the gun that Baldwin had shot but doesn’t know how a sharp bullet landed in it.

Authorities said Halls handed the gun over to Baldwin and announced a “cold gun,” indicating the gun was safe to use.

Baldwin said on video on October 30th that the shoot was a “one-in-a-trillion event” and said, “We were a very, very well-oiled crew doing a movie together and then this happened terrible event. “

Souza told detectives that Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in which he pulled a revolver from its holster and pointed it at the camera that 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 that according to court records, real ammunition should never have been present.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said there was “a certain complacency” with guns on set. Authorities have stated that there is still much investigation to be done before criminal charges can be considered.

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