Alec Baldwin | Death while shooting “Rust”: Employee files lawsuit against company

A camerawoman died on the set of Rust in October. A weapon that wasn’t supposed to be sharp struck her deadly. An employee is now filing a lawsuit.

Almost three months after the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while filming the western “Rust” with Hollywood star Alec Baldwin, an employee has sued prop master and weapons supplier Seth Kenney and his company PDQ Arm & Prop. The armorer’s civil complaint was filed on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the competent court in the US state of New Mexico announced.

Live ammunition in a container for harmless dummies?

Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed’s lawsuit involves a man who supplied props, including ammunition, for filming the film, and his company. In addition to 43 harmless dummy cartridges, live ammunition (according to a report by “Variety” seven cartridges) was found in a box that had been designated as a container for harmless “dummies”, the allegation is. The prop company had already denied the delivery of live ammunition in the “Los Angeles Times” in November.

In the incident during the shooting of the low-budget western “Rust” on a film ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 21, 2021, chief camerawoman Halyna Hutchins was fatally injured at the age of 42 and director Joel Souza on the shoulder been hit. Alec Baldwin, who serves as a lead actor and producer on the film, fired the gun in rehearsal for one scene. Investigations revealed that the Colt had a real bullet in it.

Police investigations are continuing. The lawyers of the weapon master in focus brought “sabotage” into play in November. Someone could have put a live ammunition bullet in a box of harmless dummy cartridges to sabotage the shoot, attorney Jason Bowles said in a TV interview at the time. The armorer had denied allegations of negligence on set.

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