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‘Rust’ crew member sues Alec Baldwin, armorer and assistant director over fatal shooting on set

The first lawsuit was filed in Rust filming.

As the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department continues its investigation into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin, film blunderer Serge Svetnoy has filed a “general negligence” complaint against the actor / producer, gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, assistant director Dave Halls, props Sarah Zachry, production and its backers.

Alec Baldwin and others were sued for Rust filming. (Jim Spellman / Getty Images)

“This incident was caused by the negligent acts and omissions of the defendants, and each of them, as well as their agents, directors and employers,” he added. complaint, obtained by Deadline, States. “Simply put, there was no reason for an actual bullet to be placed in this Colt .45 revolver to be present anywhere on the Rust and the presence of a bullet in a revolver posed a mortal threat to anyone in the vicinity. “

An aerial photo of a shoot at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM (Jae C. Hong / AP)

An aerial photo of a shoot at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM (Jae C. Hong / AP)

He continued: “The defendants, and each of them, among other acts of negligence, have failed to implement and maintain industry standards for the custody and control of firearms used on the site. Rust together, allowed the presence of real bullets … failed to properly inspect the firearm in question for safety before passing it up the chain of custody to an actor, cleared the loading of a firearm with or contains a live bullet, did not follow the basic rules firearms safety practices (…) allowed a revolver loaded with live bullets to be aimed at living people. “

In addition, the defendants “did not hire a competent and experienced gunsmith” and “failed to hire an adequate support team for the production gunsmith.”

Gutierrez-Reed, 24, who had been a gunsmith on just one other film, had two production jobs simultaneously and was expected to earn $ 7,913.

The lawsuit also claims that the production “failed to implement appropriate safety standards and measures.” He said each accused “failed to act with due diligence” and “violated relevant and applicable industry standards” in making the film.

Svetnoy, who is seeking a jury trial, previously shared the latest photo of Hutchins on set. He wrote on Facebook that they had worked together on several other projects and that he was standing “shoulder to shoulder” when the gun Baldwin was rehearsing with fired.

Svetnoy said he was holding Hutchins, a mother of one, “in my arms as she died. Her blood was on my hands.”

Svetnoy also blamed Gutierrez-Reed, Halls and others for the death of Hutchins and director Joel Souza having been injured, saying the shooting was the fault of “the person who was supposed to check the weapon at the site was not there. did not; the person who was to announce that the loaded weapon was at the site did not do so; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not.

He blamed the independent film’s production budget, saying, “To sometimes save a dime, you hire people who are not fully qualified for a complicated and dangerous job, and you risk the lives of other people close to you and yours as well. . “

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department has since said there was a live bullet in the propeller pistol – and other live ammunition on the set – which never should have been. Only blanks or dummy circles are normally used.

Investigators are trying to find out why the real bullet was there and everyone who handled the weapon before Hutchins was shot. According to the search warrants, the chain of custody was: Accessory Master Zachry, who removed the weapon from a locked propeller truck after lunch and handed it to Gutierrez-Reed, who set it up. and handed it to Halls, who then handed it to Baldwin, telling him it was “cold” or safe to use, even though he hadn’t inspected it thoroughly.

On Wednesday after the lawsuit was announced, Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney Jason Bowles released a new statement obtained by Yahoo Entertainment.

He said Tuesday they “have met with the Santa Fe County Deputy Sheriffs and Hannah continued to cooperate and provided a full interview.”

Bowles said: “Information is being released that needs to be fully investigated and reviewed by the District Attorney. We also look forward to the FBI investigation and call for a full and complete investigation. on all the facts, including the live rounds themselves, how they ended up in the “dummies” box and who put them in there. We are convinced this was sabotage and that Hannah is the victim of a set-up. We believe the scene was also tampered with before the police arrived. “

He ended by saying that Wednesday morning, “We have offered to share additional critical information with the sheriff’s office and are awaiting their response.”

Hutchins’ husband Matt Hutchins has also retained a lawyer for the fatal shooting and reportedly intends to take legal action for wrongful death.

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