The consequences of the terrible event that occurred in the Rust set just over a year agoduring which the cinematographer lost her life Halyna Hutchinsdo not seem to be close to being defined.
After a long pause, the film resumed filming, while Justice continues to investigate the responsibility of the different members of the team. Faced with that situation, alec baldwin and his lawyers made a forceful decision: they will sue different members of the film’s technical teamconsidering that different actions or omissions on their part were what led to the death of Hutchins.
The complaint will be for negligence against gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, first assistant director Dave Halls, prop master Sarah Zachry and weapons and ammunition supplier Seth Kenney. Mainly, the lawyers consider that Hannah Gutierrez (who was 24 years old at the time), is the main person responsible for having ensured that the weapon contained blank bullets, failing in the necessary control to ensure that the weapon was not dangerous.
“This tragedy happened because lead bullets were deliberately brought onto the set and placed in the gun,” said Luke Nikas, attorney for Baldwin, in the complaint to which different media had access. “Gutierrez-Reed failed to check the bullets and gun carefully, Halls to check this and further announce that the gun was safe, and Zachry to fail to notice that Gutierrez-Reed was acting recklessly and dangerous to others on set. Baldwin he did not know, nor had he reason to know, any of these facts.
alec baldwin He argues that he lost jobs and other financial opportunities as a result of this tragedy, and even claims compensation for legal expenses incurred after the death of the cinematographer. It is worth clarifying that the statement also includes a comment that the consequences on his person are very few compared to the suffering of the Hutchins family.
The tragic episode happened on October 21, 2021, when a prop weapon, supposedly loaded with blank bullets (which generate the explosion but do not expel any projectile), was triggered by Baldwin in the direction of Hutchins, who was filming, and director Joel Souza, causing the death of the former and injuries to the latter.
The protocol and responsibilities for the use of weapons on film sets include multiple controls and people, who should even only be dedicated to making sure that the weapon is harmless. From this, and although Alex he was the one who had the gun in his hand and was the producer of the film, he considers that his responsibility in the event is zero since the people in charge of it should have noticed this potential danger. Justice will then define who is right.
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