The fatal shooting on the set of the movie Rust which was taking place in Santa Fe, Mexico, claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and left another injured. It was actor Alec Baldwin who accidentally killed Hutchins, a wife and a mother of one.
He was supposed to shoot towards the camera using prop gun when the tragedy took place. Devastating Baldwin started a movement asking police officers to be present on set when firearms is used and many support this request, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Reports were that crew members left the set even before the scene in question took place, apparently because they were not satisfied with the working conditions and their safety. Now, one of them, Serge Svetnoy, filed a law suit against Baldwin and the rest of the Rust producers.
Reuters reported that Svetnoy has “accused the producers and other crew of failing to implement safety standards. He has filed a negligence suit against Baldwin and the movie’s producers.”
Among the rest, the lawsuit included that “[Svetnoy] would be haunted forever by holding cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in his arms as she bled from the chest.”
During a press conference, Svetnoy said, “What a tragedy and injustice when a person loses her life on film set while making art.”
A crew member of ‘Rust’, Serge Svetnoy who was the chief electrician on the movie set and witnessed the fatal shooting last month, filed a negligence lawsuit on Wednesday against actor Alec Baldwin and the film’s producers https://t.co/8gTIrLDQmh pic.twitter.com/3K2wOAWKxv
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Among the defendants whose names were put in the lawsuit is that of armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed who provided Baldwin with the gun. Her lawyer Jason Bowles said in a statement, “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.
“We are asking for a full and complete investigation of all of the facts, including the live rounds themselves, how they ended up in the ‘dummies’ box, and who put them in there.”
Last month, Alec Baldwin commented on the tragic incident saying, “We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.”
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