Alec Baldwin “intentionally” fired a gun toward cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the “Rust” movie set, disregarding set protocol in the deadly shooting, according to a 30-page lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the film’s script supervisor.
The Los Angeles Times, citing two crew members it did not name, reported that five days before the shooting, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun didn’t have any ammunition.
A crew member who was alarmed by the misfires told a unit production manager in a text message, "We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe," according to a copy of the message reviewed by the newspaper. The New York Times also reported that there were at least two earlier accidental gun discharges; it cited three former crew members.
In another dramatic episode on Saturday, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun was ‘cold’, witnesses told the Los Angeles Times. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10122791/Why-gun-Alec-Baldwin-movie-set-loaded-live-ammo-Mystery-deadly-chain-events.html
The man was hit in the shoulder, while the woman was airlifted to the hospital for stomach surgery. https://deadline.com/2021/10/female-crewmember-dies-on-new-mexico-set-of-alec-baldwin-film-rust-1234860416/
"Joel said he was looking over the shoulder of [Hutchins], when he heard what sounded like a whip and then loud pop."
Joel then vaguely remembers [Hutchins] complaining about her stomach and grabbing her mid-section. Joel also said [Hutchins] began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground." https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59035483
The bullet was removed from Mr Souza’s shoulder during surgery.
"The cameras captured Alec shooting but Halyna and Joel were behind the camera so I don’t think the cameras captured them being shot.”
However, “cameras, lights and props were damaged” from the gunfire with “broken glass was everywhere,” so it is unclear if the footage would be salvable. https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/3914033/alec-baldwin-shooting-captured-camera-gun-killed-cinematographer/
Souza and Russell both told the sheriff’s detective that after camera operators walked off the Rust set, citing housing and pay issues, they were down to one camera, and it was not filming when Baldwin’s gun discharged.
"The scene did not call for Defendant Baldwin to shoot the Colt Revolver," the suit filed by Serge Svetnoy states. https://news.yahoo.com/alec-baldwin-wasnt-supposed-pull-224208577.html
Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting: Famed lawyer says he’d be shocked if involuntary manslaughter charge not brought https://www.foxnews.com/media/alec-baldwin-shooting-criminal-defense-lawyer-mark-geragos-charges
According to the affidavit, the armorer had taken the spent casing out of the gun. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/affidavit-offers-new-details-on-baldwin-shooting-that-killed-cinematographer/article_73bc2302-334d-11ec-b2b6-6f5fe3cd1edd.html
Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles said in a statement Wednesday that “we are convinced this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed. We believe that the scene was tampered with as well before the police arrived.”
It was unclear how many rounds were fired, and there was little information released about the weapon.
Alec Baldwin and Rust crew had been told never to point a gun at a person, lawyer for armorer says https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10167227/Alec-Baldwin-Rust-crew-told-never-point-gun-person-lawyer-armorer-says.html
Attorney For Armorer On Alec Baldwin Movie Suggests Possibility Of ‘Sabotage’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9J4GKAiX0A "Can’t Rule Anybody Out At This Point" 4:01 on the interview and 6:53 "Not a Rehearsal" but "Tech Prep" – Armorer NOT there during fatality
"This idea my client grabbed the gun and handed it to Baldwin absolutely did not happen," she said, but later backtracked and dodged questions about whether Halls handed the gun to Baldwin, despite McCallum asking whether Halls "doesn’t know if he handed the gun to Alec Baldwin."
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Author: H. A. Goodman