Alec Baldwin filed a cross-complaint on Friday seeking to “clear his name” in the shooting of the ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halina Hutchinsand blamed the tragedy on the three crew members and the man who supplied the set with ammunition.
Baldwin originally named all four as cross-defendants in the lawsuit sued him last year By Mamie Mitchell, the film’s scriptwriter. Baldwin said he relied on all four to do the job, and Hutchins died as a result of their negligence.
Baldwin said he experienced “unfathomable grief” and suffered “emotional, physical and financial blows” as a result.
“More than anyone else on that set, Baldwin has been unfairly identified as the perpetrator of this tragedy,” wrote Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas. We are seeking to clear names and hold Cross defendant accountable for his wrongdoing.”
Baldwin was carrying a Colt .45 revolver when he fired while preparing for a scene on Oct. 21, 2021 near Santa Fe, New Mexico. He released it—fired the gun. He said he didn’t pull the trigger.
Colt. 45 was supposed to contain only dummy rounds with no projectiles or charges. However, it was loaded with one live round that passed through Hutchins’ body and lodged in director Joel Souza’s shoulder.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office recently completed a criminal investigation, and local prosecutors are now considering whether to file charges against Baldwin or either the crew.
A cross-claim amounts to a long and detailed exoneration. Baldwin Created by his civil attorney and complete with text messages and photos from the sheriff’s investigation.
The document accuses Armor’s Hannah Gutierrez Reed of “failing to perform her job discreetly, resulting in live ammunition being loaded into a gun that she negligently failed to identify.”
Baldwin also accused first assistant director David Halls of not checking the gun carefully, and accused him of declaring the gun “cold” when he handed it to Baldwin – that is, Fees were not included in the round.
Cross-claims also blame prop master Sara Zachri for failing to properly supervise Gutierrez Reed and maintain a safe set. “It shows a careless disregard for the proper separation of live and dummy ammunition.”
All four have previously denied responsibility. Gutierrez Reed sued Kenny for providing her with live ammunition that closely resembled dummy ammunition, but Kenny did not supply live ammunition to the box of dummies he supplied to the set. Denied inclusion.
Mitchell, represented by Gloria Allred, claims in the lawsuit that she was four feet away when the gun fired. She claims she suffered painful ringing in her ears in addition to her emotional trauma. Her lawsuit alleges that Baldwin intentionally “fired a loaded gun even though the next scene to be filmed did not require the firearm to be fired and fired.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alec-baldwin-files-suit-rust-shooting-seeks-clear-name-rcna56875 Alec Baldwin sues over ‘Rust’ shooting, seeks ‘his name erased’