Actor Alec Baldwin has been met with a lawsuit following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins which took place on the film set of ‘Rust’ on the 21st of October.
Head of lighting Serge Svetnoy is now suing Baldwin, alleging negligence that caused him “severe emotional stress”.
During the filming, Alec Baldwin used a firearm while under the impression that it was a prop gun that used fake rounds, resulting in the death of Ms. Hutchins while injuring director Joel Souza.
Mr. Svetnoy described Hutchins as a close friend and that the bullet nearly hit him while adding that he held Hutchins’ head as she died on the film set.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, names nearly two dozen defendants, including Baldwin, assistant director David Halls and armourer Hannah Gutierrez Reed.
This is the first known lawsuit to emerge from the fatal shooting and more may be expected.
The lawsuit stated, “Simply put there was no reason for a live bullet to be placed in that .45 Colt revolver or to be present anywhere on the Rust set, and the presence of a bullet in a revolver posed a lethal threat to everyone in its vicinity”.
It added that Svetnoy was setting up lighting in close proximity to Baldwin, “What happened next will haunt plaintiff forever”.
“He felt a strange and terrifying whoosh of what felt like pressurised air from his right. He felt what he believed was gunpowder and other residual materials directly strike the right side of his face.”
It has been suggested by Ms. Gutierrez’s lawyer Jason Bowles that sabotage may have been the cause of the shooting; “we are convinced this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed. We believe that the scene was tampered with as well before the police arrived”.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
IMAGE – Gage Skidmore