A crew member on the movie set where Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer has filed a lawsuit against the actor in a Los Angeles court, AFP reported on Thursday.
On October 22, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot in the chest by Baldwin while working on the movie Rust. The film’s director, Joel Suza, was injured.
Baldwin had been given a prop gun by an assistant director who said it was “safe to use”, according to court records. The assistant director did not know it was loaded. Authorities have not invoked criminal charges in the matter against anyone.
However, chief lighting technician of Rust, Serge Svetnoy, filed the lawsuit claiming that Hutchins had been killed due to the “negligent acts and omissions” of Baldwin and others.
He claimed that the actor, assistant director Dave Halls and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed did not follow industry practice on the handling of weapons and “allowed a revolver loaded with live ammunition to be pointed at living persons”.
The technician added in the lawsuit, “Simply put, there was no reason for a live bullet to be placed in that .45 Colt revolver or to be present anywhere on the ‘Rust’ set.”
Svetnoy said he rushed to help Hutchins after the bullet hit her. “The next 20-30 minutes felt like the longest of plaintiff’s life as…