Alec Baldwin has a lawsuit against the film crew
A Motion by a New Sheriff’s Attorney in Santa Fe, Neb., on Oct. 21, 2021: When Halyna and Alec Baldwin Collide
Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being wounded during rehearsals at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021. Baldwin was pointing a pistol at Hutchins when the gun went off, killing her and wounding the director, Joel Souza.
The production companies, producers and other key members of the crew are alleged to have been involved in numerous industry standard violations.
Everyone has maintained their desire to make the best decision for Halyna’s son. The attorney for Alec Baldwin said in a statement that they are thankful to everyone who helped resolve the situation.
Halyna was a talent, kind, creative, and source of incredible positive energy those of us who spent time with her knew. I only wish the world had gotten to know her under different circumstances, as it surely would have through her amazing work. I want to make sense of the situation for myself and I think the involvement of Matt and the Hutchins family would make sense. Though certainly bittersweet, I am pleased that together, we will now complete what Halyna and I started. My every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It is a privilege to see this through on her behalf,” Souza said in a statement.
Melina Spadone, an attorney for Rust Movie Productions, LLC, said the proposed settlement was “an important step forward in celebrating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.”
The lawsuit alleged that the production companies and producers were cutting corners by hiring the cheapest crew and that they had to split her time between her roles as assistant props master and armorer.
The settlement is being said to be a “measure of Justice” by an attorney for the armorer on the show.
Hannah is grateful that the settlement will benefit the Hutchins family, as the parties were able to amicably resolve the lawsuit. We are hoping that the district attorneys office will not pursue criminal charges in regards to this tragic accident because of the measure of justice achieved by it.
The Santa Fe District Attorney didn’t tell CNN that the settlement agreement wouldn’t affect the criminal investigation in the case.
Criminal cases deal with facts, while civil suits involve financial awards, according to the Office of the First Judicial District Attorney of New Mexico. “If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law then charges will be brought. No one is above the law.”
The shootout between Matthew Hutchins and George Stephanopoulos in Rust, a film by Baldwin and Souza
Matthew Hutchins will be the executive producer of Rust and the filming will continue even if the court approves the settlement.
Baldwin said that he pointed a gun at Hutchins while working on camera angles and shot her with the weapon, which discharged.
Baldwin, who said he was following Hutchins’ instructions as they were working on a scene for the Western, has maintained that he didn’t pull the trigger.
“I cock the gun. I want to know if you can see that. Can you see what’s happening? In a December interview Baldwin asked George Stephanopoulos if he could see that. The gun went off when I let go of the hammer.
Baldwin argued that he was not responsible for checking the gun for live ammunition and that he should be protected from any legal claims.
Rust director Joel Souza, who was wounded in the shooting, praised the “exceedingly talented, kind, creative” Hutchins and said he was pleased to be able to finish the film with the support of her family.
A lawsuit alleging Baldwin’s actions against a Hollywood actor for shooting and killing an innocent man in “Rust” on Oct. 21, 2021
Actor Alec Baldwin on Friday filed a lawsuit in California against several individuals associated with the “Rust” film, according to a cross-complaint obtained by CNN.
“More than anyone else on that set, Baldwin has been wrongfully viewed as the perpetrator of this tragedy. Baldwin seeks to clear his name and hold the others accountable for their actions, according to the cross-complaint.
There was live bullet delivered to the set that was loaded in the gun, Halls failed to inspect the gun properly before handing it to Baldwin, and even though they were warned that the gun was safe, they didn’t reveal that.
Baldwin is seeking “compensatory, nominal, statutory, and punitive damages” through a jury trial, litigation-related expenses, and other relief to be determined by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the cross-complaint says.
Mitchell was standing behind Hutchins, who died shortly after being wounded during setup for a scene in the western movie “Rust” at a film set ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021.
New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator determined the shooting was an accident. The prosecutors are looking at the shooting to see if charges should be filed.
In April, New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau imposed the maximum fine of $137,000 against Rust Movie Productions and distributed a scathing narrative of safety failures, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires of blank ammunition on set prior to the fatal shooting.
In October, Hutchins’ family said they had agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against them by the actor and the movie’s producers and that they intended to reopen the project in January.
Involuntary manslaughter of a New Mexico cinematographer and a firearms specialist in the case of Alec Baldwin
A lawyer for Ms. Gutierrez-Reed, Jason Bowles said he was reviewing Baldwin’s lawsuit. Attorneys for other defendants did not immediately respond to requests for comment, the New York Times reported.
SANTA FE, N.M. — Actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons specialist have been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico movie set, according to court documents filed by prosecutors Tuesday.
The charges were filed by Mary Carmack-Altwies, the District Attorney of Santa Fe.
Baldwin’s attorney declined to discuss the case Tuesday and pointed to his previous statement in which he characterized the charges as a “terrible miscarriage of justice” that they would fight and win.
“Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set,” the statement said. “He relied on the professionals with whom he worked.”
The manslaughter charge against Baldwin includes alternative standards and sanctions. One charge of manslaughter can be applied for reckless disregard of safety.
Carmack-Altwies told The Associated Press in a Jan. 19 interview that the set was “really being run pretty fast and loose” and that Baldwin should have known there had been previous misfires on the set and that multiple people had brought up safety concerns.
On the Defense of the Involuntary Manslaughter Charged with Alec Baldwin in a Los Angeles County Superior Court on the Case of Halyna Hutchins
They will be sent a summons to appear in court. The prosecutors will rely on the judge to determine if there is enough evidence to take the case to trial. It could take up to 60 days for decision.
Involuntary manslaughter can happen if a defendants is doing something lawful but dangerous and then acts negligently or without caution. A pattern of criminal disregard for safety has been cited by a special prosecutor.
The terms of the plea agreement with David Halls, the assistant director, will be released by prosecutors. Participants in the un-filmed rehearsal have given conflicting accounts of who handed the gun to Baldwin.
Heather Brewer, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said in a statement Monday that prosecutors are “fully focused on securing justice for Halyna Hutchins” and “the evidence and the facts speak for themselves.”
The charges are due to a flawed investigation and an incorrect understanding of the full facts, according to the defense attorney.
It is a stunning turn of events for an A-list actor whose 40-year career included the early hit “The Hunt for Red October” and the sitcom “30 Rock,” as well as appearances in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” and “Apollo 13,” who was charged with Baldwin did a Donald Trump impression on “Saturday Night Live” in recent years.
The family of a slain cinematographer filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles against Alec Baldwin over the shooting on the set of a Western movie.
The new lawsuit against Baldwin was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Halyna Hutchins’ parents and younger sister, who works as a nurse on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv and is married to a Ukrainian man fighting in the war against Russia.
The new lawsuit claims that Hutchins gave more financial and emotional support than he deserved to the parents of younger sister Nikita Zemko. The lawsuit also names as defendants a long list of “Rust” crew members, an ammunition supplier, producers of the film and affiliated businesses.
Involuntary Manslaughter under New Mexico State Law: The Baldwin-Gutierrez-Reed vs. Baldwin-Allred
Separately, Baldwin and weapons supervisor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed are confronting felony criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter in New Mexico District Court, with a remote first appearance scheduled later this month in which pleas may be entered. Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed have vowed to dispute the charges, while an assistant director has agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.
Los Angeles-based attorney Gloria Allred described Zemko as a working emergency operating-room nurse who is raising an infant and 4-year-old child while her husband fights in the war.
Zemko had a very close and loving relationship with her big sister Halyna, and Allred said at the news conference that Zemko felt strongly that anyone responsible for her loss must be held accountable.
The new lawsuit against Baldwin, though filed in California, relies on provisions of New Mexico state law regarding the depravation of benefits, also known as “loss of consortium.”
Baldwin and his attorneys were trying to distract the special prosecutor from their case, which involves the death of Halyna Hutchins on the ‘Rust’ film set.
The decision comes after the actor’s legal team challenged the enhancement charge in court, arguing that it did not exist under the state of the accident.
New Mexico had changed its firearm enhancement law in March of 2022. The current version of the law calls for five additional years of prison time in cases in which a firearm was “discharged” in the commission of certain felonies.
The changes took effect about six months before the Rust shooting, according to Baldwin’s lawyers. Under the previous version of the law, an enhancement of three years would only apply when a gun had been “brandished,” which would have required prosecutors to prove an intent to intimidate or injure.
Heather Brewer said in a statement that the decision to get rid of the firearm enhancement was made to speed up the case.