Alec Baldwin had no reason to fire Rust shooting, says new lawsuit

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleged that Alec Baldwin fired indiscriminately When cinematographer Halina Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza were shot dead on the New Mexico set of the film Rust, when it was not called for in the script.

“There was nothing in the script about Defendant Baldwin or any other person discharging a gun,” said script supervisor Mamie Mitchell’s lawsuit.

The trial is the second lawsuit stemming from the shooting, with many more expected.

As of last week, it was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by chief of lighting Serge Svetnoy and names several defendants, including Baldwin, who was both star and producer; David Hall, the assistant director who handed over the gun to Baldwin; and Hannah Gutierrez Reid, who was in charge of the weapons on set.

Script supervisor Mamie Mitchell reads a statement, left, as she is joined by her attorney, Gloria Allred, during a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Mitchell’s lawsuit focused primarily on Baldwin’s actions. It said she stood next to Hutchins and within 4 feet (1.22 m) of the actor, and was stunned when she fired a gun inside the small church at Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 21.

According to discussions prior to filming the scene, it demanded three tight shots of Baldwin: one over his eyes, one over the blood stains on his shoulder, and one on his torso as he drew a gun from a holster, the lawsuit says. .

The lawsuit states that Baldwin was not called upon to point or fire a gun at Hutchins and Souza.

And it alleges that Baldwin violated protocol by not examining the gun more carefully.

Bonanza Creek Ranch FILE – This aerial photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in Santa Fe, NM. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

“Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian roulette when he fired a gun without checking, and did so without armor in his presence,” Michelle’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, said at a news conference.

A veteran screenplay supervisor who has worked on nearly 100 productions, Mitchell was on set for the first time since the pandemic began. The lawsuit says she was the first to call 911 after the shooting.

The lawsuit said without giving details that she suffered “serious bodily trauma and shock and injury to her nervous system”.

Mitchell is seeking both compensation and punitive damages in amounts to be determined later.

Lawyers and other representatives for the defendants did not immediately comment.

Baldwin said on video on October 30 that the shooting was a “one trillion event”, adding, “We were a very well-oiled crew shooting a movie together and then this horrific event.” Hui.”

Mitchell’s lawsuit alleges that Armour, Gutierrez Reid, had minimal experience on production, and was hired as one of several cost-cutting measures that proved dangerous.

It said he violated protocol by allowing guns and ammunition to go unclaimed during the lunch break.

Gutierrez Reid told officers she did not know how a live round in the gun ended. Her lawyer, Jason Bowles, said in a statement last week that “we are convinced it was sabotage and that Hannah was being framed. We believe Sean was molested before police arrived.”

Santa Fe-Area District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweiss said last week that investigators found no evidence of sabotage.


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