April 23, 2024
A picture of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of his film “Rust”, is displayed at a vigil in her honor in Albuquerque, New Mexico. REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt

Having been named by the “Rust” movie’s chief lighting technician as a co-defendant in a lawsuit stemming from the on-set 2021 deadly capturing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the film’s assistant director has filed a cross-complaint towards Alec Baldwin and different crew members.

Hutchins, 42, was killed by a bullet fired by Baldwin, 65, from a prop weapon on the New Mexico set. Plaintiff Serge Svetnoy maintains the Oct. 21, 2021, capturing “was brought on by the negligent acts and omissions” of actor/producer Baldwin, assistant director David Halls and different crew members.

In his Los Angeles Superior Courtroom swimsuit filed in November 2021, Svetnoy additionally states that gunpowder and different residual supplies struck the correct aspect of his face.

Halls’ cross-complaint, introduced Friday, names as defendants Baldwin, armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, prop provider Seth Kenney and  prop grasp Sarah Zachry.

Assistant director Halls, whereas denying any wrongdoing in Svetnoy’s swimsuit, seeks indemnity from these people within the occasion he’s held liable.

In March, Halls was sentenced to 6 months unsupervised probation as a part of a plea deal in reference to the set capturing.

Svetnoy was among the many first “Rust” crew members to publicly converse out concerning the capturing of Hutchins whereas Baldwin was serving to to arrange digicam angles on the movie’s set close to Santa Fe. The weapon, which was imagined to include solely clean rounds, discharged a lead bullet that struck Hutchins within the chest and lodged within the shoulder of director Joel Souza, now 50.

Svetnoy wrote on social media days later that he witnessed the capturing and comforted the bleeding Hutchins till paramedics arrived. He instantly deemed the capturing an act of negligence, saying armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and Halls each did not verify the weapon earlier than declaring it protected and passing it to Baldwin.

Gutierrez-Reed, 26, has pleaded not responsible in New Mexico to prices of involuntary manslaughter and proof tampering in Hutchins’ loss of life.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.