Alec Baldwin Files Lawsuit Against Film Crew Nearly One Year After Deadly 'Rust' Shooting
It has been nearly one year since the tragic fatal on-set shooting that involved Alex Baldwin accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souz with a prop gun.
Now, the actor is seeking to clear his name.
On Friday, the legendary actor filed a lawsuit against the armorer and three other crew members in Los Angeles Superior Court. Baldwin's attorneys argue that Hutchins died due to the negligence of the film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed; assistant director David Halls; props master Sarah Zachry; Seth Kenney, who allegedly supplied the guns and ammunition, and Kenney's business, PDQ Arm and Prop, The New York Times reported.
"More than anyone else on that set, Baldwin has been wrongfully viewed as the perpetrator of this tragedy," the lawsuit reads.
"This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, Gutierrez-Reed failed to check the bullets or the gun carefully, Halls failed to check the gun carefully and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to Baldwin, and Zachry failed to disclose that Gutierrez-Reed had been acting recklessly offset and was a safety risk to those around her," Baldwin's cross-complaint reads.
He is seeking unspecified damages for the "immense grief" he's endured since the fatal shooting.
At the end of 2021, Baldwin broke his silence and spoke with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on the incident, saying he "didn't pull the trigger" on the firearm that killed Hutchins.
"Well, the trigger wasn't pulled, I didn't pull the trigger." Asked for clarification, he replies, "No, no, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never. ... Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property."
When asked if the incident is the worst thing that's ever happened to him, the 63-year-old responded, "Yes. Yup. Because I think back, and I think of, 'What could I have done?'"
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