Alec Baldwin Sues Film Crew Over "Rust" Shooting

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Alec Baldwin attends the "The Public" premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Alec Baldwin has filed a lawsuit against several members of the crew for "Rust."

Alec Baldwin is suing several crew members of the film, Rust, after the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday.

Baldwin's legal team argues armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, assistant director David Halls, props master Sarah Zachry, Seth Kenney, who supplied the guns and ammunition, as well as Kenney’s business, PDQ Arm and Prop, are all at fault for Hutchins' death.

The lawsuit states that the public has "wrongfully viewed" Baldwin "as the perpetrator of this tragedy."

EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman, Alec Baldwin attends the World Premiere of National Geographic Documentary Films' 'The First Wave' at Hamptons International Film Festival on October 07, 2021 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for National Geographic)

Additionally, the complaint states: “This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, Gutierrez-Reed failed to check the bullets or the gun carefully, Halls failed to check the gun carefully and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to Baldwin, and Zachry failed to disclose that Gutierrez-Reed had been acting recklessly off set and was a safety risk to those around her."

Alec Baldwin, who reportedly fired the gun that killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souz, is seeking unspecified damages. Afterwards, the actor said that the tragic incident caused him “immense grief".

Speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, earlier this year, Baldwin claimed that he never "pulled the trigger" of the gun.

"I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them," he said at the time.

When asked whether it is the worst thing that's ever happened to him, he replied, “Yes. Yup. Because I think back, and I think of, ‘What could I have done?’”

Check out Alec Baldwin's breakdown of the Rust shooting with ABC below. Filming on Rust will eventually resume in January 2023.


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.