The Rust script director, who first called emergency services after cameraman Halina Hutchins was fatally injured on set, sued actor Alec Baldwin and the film’s producers for assault, claiming that they deliberately ignored safety protocols. which could have prevented the tragedy. …
Mamie Mitchell, who was standing next to Hutchins when she was hit by a Baldwin pistol, is the latest member of the Rust crew to sue Rust Movie Productions LLC over the October 21 tragedy in New Mexico. …
Charges in the lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Supreme Court on Wednesday include assault, willful causing emotional distress and willful harm.
“All safety protocols developed to ensure the safe use of firearms were ignored and the actions taken were contrary to all industry regulations,” Mitchell’s lawyers argued in the complaint. The lawsuit said that Baldwin “deliberately, for no reason or justification, cocked and fired a loaded gun, even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not require cocking and firing a firearm.”
Mitchell is represented by attorney Gloria Allred.
The new lawsuit comes after Serge Svetnoy, chief lighting specialist at Rust, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles earlier this month alleging that the film’s producers, including Baldwin, had inadvertently influenced Hutchins’ death. Light, who was the chief electrician or headman, held Hutchins in his arms as she died on set.
Matthew Hutchins, husband of the late Rust cameraman, contacted Panish Shea Boyle Rawipudi’s law firm.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s detectives are still investigating key details of the shooting, including how live ammunition entered the set – a serious breach of filmmaking safety protocols – and how at least one lead bullet hit the revolver Baldwin was using. No criminal case has been opened.
MPs have seized more than 500 pieces of ammunition from the low-budget film Rust, which is set in Kansas in the 1880s. Sheriff Adan Mendoza said last month that additional rounds were found inside the revolver Baldwin fired from.
Mitchell’s suit said that Baldwin should have checked the weapon given to him to make sure it was safe to use, even after assistant director Dave Halls allegedly handed him the weapon and declared it “cold steel,” meaning it was safe.
“Baldwin should have assumed that the gun in question was loaded unless or until he showed him or verified that it was not loaded,” the complaint says. “Mr. Baldwin can’t hide behind an assistant director trying to justify the fact that he didn’t check the gun himself.”
The lawsuit named Rust Movie Productions LLC as defendants, as well as several individual film producers and other production companies, including Thomasville Pictures and 3rd Shift Media. Hannah Gutierrez Reed, Rust’s gunsmith who was in charge of armaments, and Halls were also named as defendants.
“[Baldwin’s] the behavior and conduct of the producers on Rust were deliberate acts and / or omissions, without any valid reason or excuse and with complete disregard for the consequences of said actions and / or omissions, ”the lawsuit says.
Representatives from production companies and Baldwin did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Gutierrez Reed’s lawyers have speculated about foul play and sabotage of the set.
“We are convinced it was sabotage and Hannah was fabricated,” Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles said in a statement last week, reiterating a previous statement. “We believe that the scene was also changed before the arrival of the police.”
Gutierrez Reed’s lawyers previously issued a statement saying safety was their client’s number one priority on set and that she had no idea where the live ammunition came from.
“Hannah was hired for two positions in this film, which made her job as a gunsmith extremely difficult,” they added. “She fought for training, days to maintain weapons, and the time it took to get ready to fire, but she was ultimately abandoned by production and her department.”
Hutchins was killed and director Joel Sousa was injured while Baldwin rehearsed the upcoming scene – a shootout in a dilapidated stave church on the outskirts of the old western town – on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set, 13 miles south of Santa Fe. Filming took place 12 days later on a 21-day production schedule.
According to an audio recording of an emergency call received by The Times, Mitchell expressed disappointment that an assistant director, allegedly Dave Halls, yelled at her over lunch and asked about amendments. Mitchell told the 911 operator that she couldn’t tell if the weapon was loaded with a real bullet.
“He needs to check the weapon,” Mitchell said by calling the emergency number. “He is responsible for what happens on set.”
Mitchell, according to her lawsuit, was standing less than four feet from Hutchins at the time the cameraman was shot.
The Times previously reported that there were two accidental gun shots on October 16 – just days before the fatal shooting.