The script supervisor for the film ‘Rust’ has filed a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin, among others, alleging that the gunshot was intentional.
Several weeks ago, a gun held by Baldwin was discharged on set before the cameras started rolling. A lead bullet hit cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, killing her onsite. The director also got hit with shrapnel, injuring, but not killing, him. Baldwin has claimed he had no idea there was a bullet in the gun.
In a press conference in LA on Wednesday, Mamie Mitchell and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, announced the filing of a lawsuit against Baldwin, other people on set, and several production companies. “Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired and loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of a firearm,” Mitchell claimed. She also alleged that several of the safety protocols were broken, resulting in the accident.
Serge Svetnoy, chief electrician and longtime friend of Hutchins, has also filed a lawsuit against Baldwin and others. He claimed they were negligent in Hutchins’ death. The armorer on ‘Rust’ was also named a defendant in the suit filed by Mitchell. Her lawyers have released a statement on her behalf alleging that she was set up and that evidence was tampered with. “Hannah had no idea that live rounds were on the set but we do believe someone brought live rounds onto the set, and we are investigating how they got there,” they wrote.
Mitchell’s suit is requesting “an unspecified amount for loss of future earnings, special and general damages, attorneys fees and punitive damages”. Mitchell spoke at the press conference about how she is “haunted” by the experience and seeing her friends and coworkers shot.
“I relive the shooting and sound of the explosion from the gun over and over again,” she recalled. “I am depressed. I don’t feel safe. I feel that at any moment anything could happen to me and to those that I care about that are standing close to me,” she added. “I do not have a sense of guardrails in my life to keep me safe. I’m frightened of the future. This violent tragedy has taken away the joy in my life.”
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