According to a court document dated Friday, the 64-year-old actor is suing filming gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, assistant director David Halls, head prop Sarah Zachry, as well as assistant gunsmith Seth Kenney. and the accessories business he owns.
“This tragedy happened because live ammunition was delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, (Hannah) Gutierrez-Reed did not check the gun carefully but still announced that she was safe before passing it to (Alec) Baldwin,” details the lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles court.
The actor also accuses Sarah Zachry of not revealing that the armorer had “irresponsible behavior off the set and posed a risk”. On October 21, 2021, the filming of “Rust” on a ranch in Santa Fe (New Mexico) had turned tragic when Mr. Baldwin had activated a weapon supposed to contain only blank bullets but whose very real projectile had injured 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins fatally.
Alec Baldwin’s lawsuit comes amid lawsuits filed by scripter Mamie Mitchell against a slew of crew members, including the actor, whom she accuses of failing to follow safety procedures . She claims to have suffered significant emotional distress, standing close to Alec Baldwin when the gunshot went off.
An investigation in New Mexico remains ongoing and could lead to possible criminal charges. Production of the film is expected to resume in January 2023. (Belga)