Rust shooting case update – Halyna Hutchins’s family is suing Rust movie producers and actor Alec Baldwin for allegedly killing Hutchins during the shooting.
“The family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins – who was shot and killed on the set of the film “Rust” – is suing Alec Baldwin and the movie’s producers for wrongful death, their attorneys said Tuesday”, Tweeted ABC7 Eyewitness News.
The latest update revealed that husband Matthew Hutchins and son Andros with the help of their attorney, Brian Panish, have filed a lawsuit against the actor and movie producers for “‘reckless behavior and cost-cutting’ that caused Hutchins to lose her life”.
The lawsuit documented that “Baldwin and the other producers failed to perform industry-standard safety checks and follow basic gun safety rules while using real guns to produce the movie Rust, with fatal consequences.”
During the rehearsal, the movie’s lead actor, Baldwin, pointed the gun at the cinematographer during the rehearsal, which had live ammunition. When the actor pulled the trigger, the live ammunition went off and killed Hutchins and wounded the movie director, Joel Souza reads the lawsuit.
In the other story, Baldwin said he did not know that the gun was carrying live ammunition, and he “didn’t mean for it to go off”.
In December, Baldwin said, during an ABC show, “I didn’t pull the trigger”. He went on, saying, “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”
However, the lawsuit argues, “Halyna Hutchins deserved to live, and the Defendants had the power to prevent her death if they had only held sacrosanct their duty to protect the safety of every individual on a set where firearms were present instead of cutting corners on safety procedures where human lives were at stake, rushing to stay on schedule and ignoring numerous complaints of safety violations.”
During a press release, the attorney representing Hutchins’ family said he and the family did their own investigation and presented an animated video of what they said had happened on the set, according to their information.
Hutchins’s family attorney further alleged that “Baldwin turned down cross draw gun safety training, and that he was not using a rubber or other kind of prop gun — both breaches of industry standards”.
The video they documented with the lawsuit showed that some crew members had major safety concerns and even left the set before the shooting happened. They also presented texts and email exchanges among the crew members complaining about live ammunition during the shooting.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department resumes its investigation of the incident. However, New Mexico officials seemed confident about how the weapons were handled on the shooting set. Previously, the police department had also issued a warrant for the shooter’s phone to obtain more information.