Alec Baldwin Plans to Sue the ‘Rust’ Crew

by Hailey Greg
Alec Baldwin Plans to Sue the 'Rust' Crew

Over a year after the terrible murder of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, legal fights against Alec Baldwin and the team of Rust are still ongoing. According to Variety, Baldwin has filed a cross-complaint in the lawsuit against him, placing responsibility for the incident on the production’s bullet supplier and three crew members responsible for setting up the pistol.

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Since Hutchins’s shooting, in which another crew member was wounded, Alec Baldwin has been the focus of much attention. Baldwin has always maintained that the unintentional death of the cameraman was not his fault since he had relied on others to put up the props safely. 

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According to the complaint he filed against them, he had “immense sadness” and “emotional, bodily, and financial toil” as a direct consequence of the occurrence. His lawyer penned:

“More than anyone else on that set, Baldwin has been wrongfully viewed as the perpetrator of this tragedy. By these Cross-Claims, Baldwin seeks to clear his name and hold Cross-Defendants accountable for their misconduct.”

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Baldwin was interviewed by police many times in the aftermath of the event, and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has just finished its investigation. Local prosecutors are now debating whether to file charges against Baldwin and others. For her part, Rust script supervisor Mamie Mitchell has filed a complaint against Baldwin and other members of the cast and crew, claiming that the event left her emotionally traumatized and made her “fear for her life.” Baldwin has now filed a counterclaim in response to this case.

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On October 21, 2021, as the team was setting up a scenario with what they thought were fake bullets in a Colt.45 revolver, Baldwin accidentally shot Hutchins. Baldwin allegedly fired the pistol, wounding Hutchins and director Joel Souza in the shoulder with a live cartridge that had been left in the chamber by mistake.

Prior to this month, a court dismissed Baldwin’s move to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that the injury is covered by the New Mexico workers’ compensation plan, prompting the actor to file a cross-complaint.

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The Santa Fe District Attorney’s office released a statement clarifying their position on whether or not any charges will be taken against Baldwin or any of the crew of Rust in connection with the unfortunate but perhaps preventable tragedy. 

Investigators, the statement said, will “thoroughly analyze all the evidence and make a considered judgment on whether to seek charges against individuals involved.” Every victim deserves to be treated fairly, and no one is beyond the reach of the law.

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