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Halyna Hutchins’ family sues Alec Baldwin for playing ‘Russian roulette with a loaded gun’

Alec Baldwin is once again facing a lawsuit over his actions on the set of ‘Rust’ that resulted in the death of Halyna Hutchins – this time again from the family of the deceased cameraman.

In a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday by TheWrap, Hutchins’ mother Olga Solovey, father Anatolii Androsovych, sister Svetlana Zemko and “Rust” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell accused the actor and producer — among many others involved — of intentional and/or negligent acts on October 1. 21, 2021, in New Mexico.

“Baldwin chose to play Russian roulette with a loaded gun, without checking it and without the gunmaker doing so,” the complaint alleges. “The fact that live ammunition was allowed on a movie set, that guns and ammunition were left unattended, that the weapon in question was handed to defendant Baldwin by the assistant director who had nothing to do with it, and that safety bulletins were not proclaimed and ignored, coupled with the fact that the scene in question did not call for the firing of a gun at all and that defendant Baldwin inexplicably pointed and fired a gun at Halyna Hutchins, makes this a case where injury or death was much more than just a possibility – it was a probable outcome.”

The group is seeking punitive damages, compensatory damages, damages for emotional distress, civil penalties and attorneys’ fees. Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures, numerous limited liability companies and other employees who were on set that day are all listed as additional defendants.

The Santa Fe District Court lawsuit notes that Mitchell (who was working as an independent contractor) was standing directly next to Hutchins at the time of the shooting, which resulted in her own emotional and physical injuries. Director Joel Souza was also injured.

Baldwin’s team did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“With this lawsuit, our clients seek to hold lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin, along with other producers and individuals, accountable for Halyna’s untimely and tragic death,” attorney Gloria Allred said in a statement to TheWrap. “Our New Mexico filing today coincides with the dismissal of our clients’ cases filed in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles. Although we successfully litigated this case in California against many of the same defendants named in our New Mexico lawsuit, there were key defendants over whom the court found no personal jurisdiction existed in California.

“The fact that the court could not exercise jurisdiction over the key defendants because they did not have ‘minimal contacts’ with California, as the forum states, further proves the decision of ‘Rust’ producers to make this film under cost-cutting measures which endangered the lives of Halyna, Mamie and other crew members,” she continued. “Individuals were hired, including those responsible for the safety of the cast and crew, who had little to no experience working in films and as such had little to no contacts in Hollywood.”

Hutchins’ family previously settled a wrongful death lawsuit in October 2022, before filing another lawsuit in February 2023. Her widower Matthew Hutchins received an executive producer credit on the project in the initial settlement.

Master of Arms Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is currently serving 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the shooting. Baldwin is expected to stand trial in July on separate manslaughter charges.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

The post Halyna Hutchins’ Family Sues Alec Baldwin for Playing ‘Russian Roulette with a Loaded Gun’ appeared first on TheWrap.

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