Script Supervisor Files Lawsuit Over ‘Rust’ Tragedy
A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges Alec Baldwin recklessly fired when it was not in the script when he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of the film. Rust” in New Mexico.
“There was nothing in the script about the gun being unloaded by DEFENDANT BALDWIN or anyone else,” the lawsuit from script supervisor Mamie Mitchell says.
The trial is the second to stem from the shooting, and many more are expected.
Like last week’s from chief of lighting Serge Svetnoy, it was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and names numerous defendants, including Baldwin, who was both star and producer; David Halls, the assistant director who gave the gun to Baldwin; and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of weapons on set.
Mitchell’s costume primarily focuses on Baldwin’s actions. He said she was standing next to Hutchins and less than 4 feet (1.22 meters) from the actor, and was stunned when he fired the gun inside the small Bonanza Creek Ranch church on October 21.
According to discussions before the scene was filmed, it took three close-up shots of Baldwin: one of his eyes, one of a bloodstain on his shoulder, and one of his chest as he pulled the gun from a holster. , depending on the suit.
Baldwin was not called upon to point the gun at Hutchins and Souza, or to fire, the suit states.
And he alleges Baldwin violated protocol by not checking the gun more carefully.
“Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian roulette when he fired a gun without checking it and without the gunsmith doing so in his presence,” Mitchell’s attorney Gloria Allred said during of a press conference.
A seasoned script supervisor who has worked on nearly 100 productions, Mitchell was on set for the first time since the pandemic began. She was the first to call 911 after the shooting, the suit says.
She suffered “severe physical trauma and shock and injury to the nervous system,” the lawsuit says, without giving details.
She seeks both compensation and punitive damages, the amounts of which will be determined at a later date.
Lawyers and other representatives of the defendants made no immediate comment.
Baldwin said on video Oct. 30 that the shooting was a “one-in-a-trillion event” saying, “We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a movie together and then this horrible event happened. “
Mitchell’s lawsuit alleges that production gunsmith Gutierrez Reed had minimal experience, and she was hired as one of several cost-cutting measures that proved dangerous.
He says she violated protocol by allowing guns and ammunition to be unattended during a lunch break.
Gutierrez Reed told authorities she did not know how a live bullet ended up in the gun. Her attorney, Jason Bowles, said in a statement last week that “we are satisfied this was sabotage and that Hannah is the victim of a frame-up. We believe the scene was also tampered with.” before the police arrived.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said last week that investigators found no evidence of sabotage.