The script supervisor on ‘Rust’ has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood veteran Alec Baldwin and the film’s producers on Wednesday, claiming she suffered both “physical and emotional” injuries when the actor shot the film’s cinematographer while preparing for a scene.
Rust gaffer Serge Svetnoy filed his suit this week against Alec Baldwin, the film’s producers, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, and first assistant director David Halls. The gaffer is seeking unspecified damages.
“This incident was caused by the negligent acts and omission of Defendants, and each of them, as well as their agents, principals, and employers” reads the complaint of general negligence. “Simply put, there was no reason for a live bullet to be placed in that .45 Colt revolver to be present anywhere on the Rust set, and the presence of a bullet in a revolver posed a lethal threat to everyone in its vicinity.”
The complaint accuses the parties named in the suit of violating “relevant and prevailing industry standards,” and accuses the defendants of failing “to act with reasonable care.”
Mr. Baldwin cannot hide behind the Assistant Director to attempt to excuse the fact that he did not check the gun himself,” Mitchell added. She also revealed that she was at the church located on the Bonanza Creek Ranch when Baldwin’s “quick draw” rehearsal turned tragic.
She added in the lawsuit that there were two previous weapons discharge accidents on the Rust set before October 21.
Meanwhile, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident. The production has also hired law firm Jenner Block to conduct an internal investigation into the events of that day. Judging by the present condition the investigation would last a long while the case grows more complex.