Monday, December 6

Alec Baldwin: First malpractice lawsuit filed against ‘Rust’ actor and crew

Los Angeles.- The film’s chief lighting officer ‘Rust’, Serge Svetnoy, presented this Wednesday the first lawsuit against American actor and producer Alec Baldwin and other members of the production of that film after the death by shooting of the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of it.

At a press conference in Los Angeles, Svetnoy, who was also wounded by the bullet that killed Hutchins, said he saw “firsthand that several weapons were left unattended, on the ground and unsupervised” throughout from the filming at Bonanza Creek Ranch, in Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA).

For these conditions on set and the subsequent fatal accident, Svetnoy filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court for negligence against the film’s producers, including Baldwin, as well as the assistant director and gun control officer.

In that judicial document, to which Efe had access, the lighting expert blamed the person in charge of the weapons Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for accepting a job above his experience on a shoot in which “several auxiliary gunsmiths were necessary to safely handle” those weapons.

According to the demand, Gutierrez-Reed He “negligently allowed” a Colt .45 caliber revolver with at least one live bullet to be turned over to Deputy Director David Halls, who also failed to properly inspect the weapon and subsequently gave it to Baldwin.

Furthermore, Svetnoy claimed that Baldwin also “had a duty” to verify “twice” that the revolver was not loaded with live ammunition before pulling the trigger.

“This duty also required him to handle the Colt revolver as if it were loaded and to refrain from pointing it at anyone,” the lawsuit alleges.

At the press conference, Svetnoy said that he is “convinced” that the producers bear much of the blame for allegedly trying to “save money by hiring insufficient numbers of workers to safely handle accessories and firearms correctly on set. of ‘Rust’ “.

“Because the use of firearms and live ammunition in movies represents an inherently dangerous activity, the producers of Rust had a duty to hire trained and experienced people to carefully supervise the use of firearms and ammunition in the filming of the film. movie, ”Svetnoy added in her complaint.

As the official investigations progress, other details have become known, such as that Halls, who gave the gun to Baldwin, was fired from another shoot in 2019 for a similar incident although, fortunately, he did not injure anyone.

Halls acknowledged in October that he did not check the gun he handed to Baldwin before rehearsing the scene because he was convinced it contained fake bullets.

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