(HorizonPost.com) – On October 21, on a New Mexico set while filming the movie “Rust,” Alec Baldwin shot and killed the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, in front of the cast and crew. The bullet exited the victim and hit director Joel Souza in the shoulder. On November 10, one of the witnesses, Serge Svetnoy, filed a lawsuit against the actor for causing him “severe emotional distress.” He was next to the victim when Baldwin shot and held the young woman’s head as she died. He was also a close friend of Halyna.
The chief lighting technician on “Rust,” who held cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in his arms as she lay dying on the movie set, filed a civil lawsuit that alleges the film’s producers — including Alec Baldwin — were negligent in Hutchins’ death. https://t.co/05YSsc7DIQ
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The civil suit names the actor who shot the prop gun and more than 20 others who were present and in charge of managing the weapons. The plaintiff said the actor should’ve double-checked the gun before firing, and his lawyer, Gary Dordick, stated in a news conference on November 10 that they should “never, ever have had live rounds” on set.
In addition, Svetnoy alleges Baldwin was merely supposed to pull and point the Colt revolver, but not shoot. The suit also details the target practice that took place before the fatal shooting and the violation of industry norms regarding the handling of weapons.
The lighting technician is demanding unspecified damages for the trauma he suffered that day.
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