As a result of a tragic mistake during the filming of the film “Rust”, the cameraman Halyna Hutchins died.
As lawyers reported on Wednesday, one of the members of the crew of the film “Rust” filed a lawsuit against American actor Alec Baldwin, who last month shot a cameraman during the filming of a picture in New Mexico.
The claim of negligence includes the name of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the gun mechanic of the film crew, who, through her lawyers, said that she was “framed,” blaming her for the death of cameraman Halyna Hutchins.
The author of the lawsuit, the chief lighting technician of the low-budget film “Rust” Serge Svetnoy states that the accidental murder of Hutchins “was caused by negligent actions and inaction” of the leading actor and producer of the film, Alec Baldwin, and other participants in the filming process.
“In summary, there was no need for a combat bullet to be in the drum of a Colt .45-caliber revolver or to be present anywhere on the set at all, and the presence of such a bullet in a revolver posed a mortal threat to everyone who was nearby,” the lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles court says.
The lawsuit says that Svetnoy felt the bullet fly past him, and traces of gunpowder appeared on his face.
Baldwin, assistant director Dave Halls, and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed did not follow the generally accepted practice of handling weapons in the film industry and “allowed to point a revolver loaded with live ammunition at people,” the lawsuit says.
Halyna Hutchins died during the rehearsal of the shooting scene, Baldwin fired a revolver.
The actor received the firearm from the hands of Halls, who told Baldwin that the gun was loaded with blanks. Halls later admitted to investigators that he had not checked the weapon “as he should have.”
A live bullet fired from a revolver killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. As a gun mechanic, 24-year-old Gutierrez-Reed was responsible for props in the form of firearms and ammunition.
In a statement released Wednesday, her lawyers again said that Gutierrez-Reed does not know why a live cartridge was on the set.
“We are convinced that it was deliberate sabotage and that Hannah was framed. We believe that the falsification at the scene was carried out even before the arrival of the police,” the lawyers said in a statement.
Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies rejected the idea of a “conspiracy” against Gutierrez-Reed in an interview on Wednesday.