The family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died during the filming of Rust in New Mexico (USA), has formally sued actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday for reckless homicide.
The family of the woman who was shot and killed by Alec Baldwin while filming is suing him for reckless homicide
The lawsuit has been filed in the state of New Mexico against Alec Baldwin and “others responsible for security on the set during the shooting.” This was announced by the family’s attorney, Brian Panish, at a press conference from his law firm’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
Hutchins’ family has initiated these legal actions based on Baldwin’s alleged negligent or reckless conduct along with Rust’s production crew and assistant directors.
Through this lawsuit, their first since the tragic October 25, 2021 event in which Hutchins was allegedly killed by Baldwin’s accidental firing of a blank pistol, they are seeking damages to be determined at trial.
It is a “senseless and tragic” death
Appearing before reporters, Panish described as “reckless” the behavior of the actor and the other defendants, which led to a “senseless and tragic” death.
In addition, the Panish Shea law firm has made public a 3D presentation that included text messages and emails in which the film crew alluded to the poor safety guarantees during filming.
According to Panish, as many as fifteen protocols were breached to maintain safety on the film set, such as there being no professional gunsmith to monitor gun use when Baldwin received the revolver from his first assistant director, David Halls.
“If they had followed them, this would never have happened,” the lawyer stressed before emphasizing that, although Baldwin bears “the greatest responsibility” for the possession of the gun, “there are many culprits” involved.