Baldwin had no reason to shoot in ‘Rust’ shooting
Angels — A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that Alec Baldwin fired recklessly with a pistol when he was not called up in the script when he shot and killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the New Mexico set of “Rust.”
“There was nothing in the script about the gun being fired by the Baldwin guns or anyone else,” says the lawsuit from script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.
The lawsuit is the second to stem from the shooting, with more expected.
Like last week from lighting chief Serge Svetnoy, the lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and names several defendants including Baldwin, who was a star and producer; David Holz, the assistant director who delivered the gun to Baldwin; and Hannah Gutierrez Reid, who was responsible for the weapons on the set.
Mitchell’s suit focuses mainly on Baldwin’s actions. Standing next to Hutchins and 4 feet (1.22 meters) from the actor, she said, she was shocked when he fired the gun inside the chapel at Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 21.
According to discussions before the scene was filmed, the suit called for three narrow shots of Baldwin: one on his eyes, one on a bloodstain on his shoulder, and one on his torso as he pulled the gun from a pod, the suit says.
The lawsuit says there was no call for Baldwin to point the gun at Hutchins and Sousa, or fire it.
It alleges that Baldwin violated protocol by not examining the gun more thoroughly.
“Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian roulette when he fired a gun without checking on him and without the gunsmith doing so in his presence,” Mitchell’s attorney Gloria Allred told a news conference.
A veteran script supervisor who has worked on nearly 100 productions, Mitchell has been 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 says she suffered “serious physical trauma, trauma and injury to her nervous system,” without giving details.
It seeks damages and punitive damages in amounts to be determined.
There was no immediate comment from lawyers and representatives of the accused.
Baldwin said in an October 30 video that the shooting was a “one in a trillion event,” saying, “We were a very good crew shooting a movie together and then this terrible event happened.”
Mitchell’s suit claims the production gunsmith, Gutierrez Reed, had little experience, and it was set as one of several cost-cutting measures that proved dangerous.
She says she violated protocol by allowing guns and ammunition to go unattended during her lunch break.
Gutierrez-Reed told authorities they didn’t know how a live shot ended up in the gun. “We are satisfied that this was vandalism and that Hannah is being charged. We believe the venue was tampered with before the police arrived,” her attorney, Jason Bowles, said in a statement last week.
Last week, Santa Claus District Attorney Mary Carmack Altois said investigators found no evidence of vandalism.
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