Monday, October 3, 2022

‘Rust’ Script Director Sues Alec Baldwin & Other Producers

On Wednesday, Rust’s script director filed a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and other film producers, saying the fatal shooting on set last month left her depressed, fearful and anxious about her future.

At a press conference in Los Angeles, script supervisor Mamie Mitchell talked about the moment Baldwin, who also starred in the film, fired a revolver given to him as a prop, killing cinematographer Halina Hutchins and wounding director Joel Sousa on set. New Mexico.

“I will never forget what happened that day on the set of Rust. I relive the shooting, the sound of the explosion and the gunshot over and over again, ”Mitchell said through tears, explaining that she stood next to the two victims when they were shot and called emergency services.

“I’m depressed. I don’t feel safe. I feel that at any moment anything can happen to me, and those who are not indifferent to me are by my side,” she continued. my life to protect me. I fear the future. This cruel tragedy has robbed me of my joy. “

Gloria Allred (right) speaks during a press conference with her client, "Rust" script director Mamie Mitchell.
Gloria Allred (right) speaks during a press conference with her client, Rust script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.

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Hutchins was a new but good friend, Mitchell said, calling her “an unusual and rare person and future collaborator.”

The lawsuit alleges “assault, willful infliction of emotional distress and willful harm” and claims unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

In his lawsuit, Mitchell says that Baldwin “cocked the trigger and fired a loaded pistol, although the upcoming scene to be filmed did not require cocking and firing a firearm.” As the script director, Mitchell was intimately familiar with the precise details of each scene and was responsible for maintaining continuity throughout the film.

She claims the pistol was improperly given to Baldwin by the film’s first assistant director, Dave Halls, and not by the gunsmith or propsman who is supposed to manage the transfer of the firearms to the actors.

Mitchell is represented by senior attorney Gloria Allred, who said Wednesday that what happened on set was “not mere negligence on the part of Alec Baldwin or the Rust producers.”

Image of cameraman Galina Hutchins at the memorial service after her death.
Image of cameraman Galina Hutchins at the memorial service after her death.

Instead, she continued, “Mister. Baldwin chose to play Russian roulette when he fired his gun without checking it or asking the gunsmith to do so in his presence. His behavior and that of the producers of Rust were reckless. “

Allred also paraphrased much of what had already been said about problems on set. The crew members quit due to security concerns, and there were at least two other incidents in which weapons were accidentally discharged on set.

Mitchell’s lawsuit follows a lawsuit filed by the film’s chief lighting engineer Serge Light, who said he held Hutchins in his arms as she lay dying on the ground.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the shooting and is investigating how live rounds ended up on set and in the gun. No criminal case has been opened.

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