Alec Baldwin is facing yet another lawsuit in connection to the accidental shooting of director Halyna Hutchins, which occurred on October 21, 2021 on the set of the film Rust. Baldwin didn’t know the prop gun was loaded before firing it in preparation for a scene – killing Hutchins and injuring another director.
The new lawsuit was filed by Olga Solovey (Hutchins’ mother), Anatolii Androsovych (Hutchins’ father), and Svetlana Zemko (Hutchins’ sister) on Thursday in Los Angeles – holding Baldwin accountable for his actions – including battery, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
The family also named several other members of the production crew, who failed to ensure Halyna’s safety by ignoring safety protocols and putting her life – as well as everyone else’s – at risk. Among the many complaints was the crew’s failure to properly inspect the gun before being used in the film.
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“Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun without checking it and without having the Armorer do so,” reads the lawsuit, adding his actions ‘makes this a case where injury or death was much more than just a possibility – it was a likely result.’ The family is seeking damages and accountability.
Others named in the lawsuit include Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer who should’ve inspected the gun, and David Halls, an assistant director of the film – and more than a dozen other producers and crew members. The family is being represented by popular lawyers Gloria Allred and John Carpenter.
Allred and Carpenter held a press conference, where they described Halyna as the ‘light’ in the family’s lives. “It is clear to us that the relationships of all of our clients have been damaged, and that they will not be able to enjoy life in the same way as they did when their precious Halyna was alive,” they added.
This is the second lawsuit being filed against Alec Baldwin, the first being filed by Hutchins’ husband and son – the lawsuit was eventually settled in court, but didn’t include the rest of the family. Baldwin is also facing criminal charges for his role in her death – the same goes for both Gutierrez-Reed and Halls.
Halyna Hutchins’ Sister Releases Video Statement
In addition to the lawsuit that was filed, Halyna Hutchins’ sister released a video statement – which was spoken in Russian, but translated in English – that described her loss as a ‘horrible experience’ that not only involves the ‘biggest loss of my life,’ but also includes having to watch her parents suffer with it.
She not only wants those at fault to be held accountable for their actions, but wants ‘that very someone who is truly responsible for this’ to be liable for her sister’s death. “I believe to let this go and to leave this unpunished is unallowable,” she said. Now, the family is left grieving the loss of their pride and joy.
Halyna’s death came at the worst time possible for the family, who live in Ukraine and were banking on Hutchins to help the family move to the United States following the completion of the film. Several months after her death, the Russian invasion of Ukraine forced the family into unprecedented living conditions.
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In the press conference, Gloria Allred accused Alec Baldwin of not reaching out to Halyna Hutchins’ family to say he was sorry and offer his condolences for their loss. Since there hasn’t been any settlement for the mother, father, and sister, Allred and Carpenter want ‘accountability and justice for them.’
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