The script supervisor for the film ‘Rust’, which involved the fatal accidental shooting of Director Halyna Hutchins, has filed a lawsuit against its lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin.
In the court filing, Mamie Mitchell argues “Mr. Baldwin cannot hide” from responsibility for the fatal on-set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded the movie’s director.
Mitchell, who is represented by Gloria Allred, also sued Rust producers, Rust production companies, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, and others.
“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of the firearm,” reads Mitchell’s complaint on claims of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress (read it here). “Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun without checking it and without having the armorer do so.”
The 29-page filing in Los Angeles Superior Court names star-producer Baldwin, Rust producers, and production companies, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, first assistant director David Halls, property master Sarah Zachry and others in another damning portrayal of a film playing fast and loose with safety and other regulations.
“Alec Baldwin should have assumed that the gun in question was loaded unless and until it was demonstrated to him or checked by him that it was not loaded,” the filing asserts in language sure to be echoed at the presser Mitchell and Allred will be conducting this morning. “He had no right to rely upon some alleged statement by the Assistant Director that it was a ‘cold gun,’” the damages-seeking complaint goes on to say, adding Halls directly to the mix.