Alec Baldwin Suing ‘Rust’ Crew Members Accusing Them Of Primary Wrongdoing In Set Shooting
Alec Baldwin is now legally retaliating against former crew members who worked with him on the indie western film Rust. Baldwin has been in the news after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by mistake while preparing for a scene in New Mexico.
Baldwin has since filed a cross-complaint against crew members including Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, armorer assistant Seth Kenney, assistant director David Halls and prop master Sarah Zachry, and Kenney’s prop weapon supply store.
The complaint read in part that Baldwin has been “wrongfully viewed as the perpetrator of this tragedy,” and claimed that he was not aware of a live round being in the gun despite it allegedly being passed around many of those named in the cross-complaint before being handed to him.
He also accused Gutierrez-Reed of “acting recklessly off set,” and has placed sole blame for the death of Hutchins on the armorer and AD Halls because he “failed to check the gun carefully and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to Baldwin.” Zachry was named in the suit because Baldwin’s team claimed she failed to disclose that Gutierrez Reed was behaving unsafely, though they didn’t specify what that meant.
Baldwin had been facing a suit filed against him by Hutchins’ widower Matthew Hutchins, but it was revealed last month that they had settled with a deal that included Matthew being named an executive producer of Rust. He is still the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, accusing him of negligence.
She had initially sued Baldwin for more charges including assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, but walked back the claims in a September filing.
Baldwin is seeking “compensative, nominal, statutory, and punitive damages” from the plaintiffs and for his potential damages from the script supervisor trial to be covered.
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