New claims in a lawsuit filed by one of the Rust script supervisors revealed actor Alec Baldwin should have never pulled the trigger of the prop gun he was holding when going over a scene with the director and cinematographer. As Mamas Uncut previously reported, back in October, Halyna Hutchins died on the set of Rust when a “cold gun” was accidentally fired.
As reports suggest, Baldwin was holding the gun and going over the scene they were about to shoot as the camera crew set up the proper angles for the shot. Baldwin, Hutchins, and the director, Joel Souza, were discussing how Baldwin was going to point the gun at the camera when the gun went off.
It is currently being reported that no one knew there was a live round in the gun. This is because the assistant director David Halls announced to the set that the gun was “cold,” an industry term used to assure the cast and crew that the prop gun is safe to use on set.
The bullet that was discharged from the gun hit Hutchins in the chest, killing her, and also struck Souza in the shoulder. He has recovered from his injuries.
Since that tragic incident, several lawsuits have been filed. The newest one comes from script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell.
New Lawsuit Claims Alec Baldwin Should Have Never Pulled the Trigger
Her lawsuit claims that regardless of the live round left inside of the bullet, Baldwin should have never pulled the trigger, to begin with. According to BuzzFeed, Mitchell was standing roughly four feet away from Baldwin when the gun was discharged and she was the person to first call 911.
She is now suing Alec Baldwin and the movie’s producers claiming that their actions at that moment were “reckless” and caused her “severe emotional distress,” BuzzFeed reported. Mitchell went on to say that Baldwin “chose to play Russian Roulette.”
“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of a firearm,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun without checking it and without having the Armorer do so.”
According to the lawsuit, the scene that they were filming was to capture three different shots. The first camera would be trained on Baldwin’s eyes, the second camera would be focused on the bloodstain on his shoulder, and the third camera would capture Baldwin “as he reached down to his holster and removed the gun.”
“There was nothing in the script about the gun being discharged,” the lawsuit restated and if the script did call for the gun to be discharged them Mitchell would have allegedly been “required to stand outside the church to view Baldwin’s actions on exterior monitors,” BuzzFeed reported.
Mitchell’s lawsuit also names the movie’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed. The suit claims that there were “multiple” safety protocol violations throughout the set.
In response to Baldwin being told the gun was “cold,” the lawsuit claims that as an industry veteran the actor should have known to check the gun himself. Gloria Allred, who is representing Mitchell in this suit, said in her own statement that “the fact that live ammunition was allowed on a movie set, that guns and ammunition were left unattended on a cart and allowed to be handled by those who had no business handling them, the fact that safety bulletins were not promulgated or ignored makes this a case where injury or death was much more than just a possibility; it was a likely result.”
Alec Baldwin, nor any of the other defendants named in this suit, have issued personal responses.
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