A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that Alec Baldwin recklessly fired a gun when it wasn’t scripted when he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of the movie Rust in New Mexico.
“There was nothing in the script about the firing of the gun by DEFENDANT BALDWIN or by anyone else,” says script supervisor Mamie Mitchell’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit is the second to stem from the shooting, and many more are expected.
Like lighting chief Serge Svetnoy last week, he appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court and names many defendants, including Baldwin, who was a star and producer; David Halls, the deputy director who turned the gun over to Baldwin; and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of weapons on set.
Mitchell’s lawsuit focuses primarily on Baldwin’s stock. He said he was standing next to Hutchins and 4 feet from the actor, and was shocked when he fired the gun inside the small church at Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 21.
Based on discussions before the scene was filmed, it required three tight shots of Baldwin: one on his eyes, one on a bloodstain on his shoulder, and one on his torso as he pulled the gun out of a holster, the lawsuit says.
Baldwin did not ask Baldwin to point the gun at Hutchins and Souza, nor to fire it, the suit says.
And he alleges that Baldwin violated protocol by not checking the weapon more carefully.
“Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian roulette when he fired a gun without checking and without the gunsmith doing it in his presence,” Mitchell’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said at a news conference.
A veteran script supervisor who has worked on nearly 100 productions, Mitchell was on set for the first time since the pandemic began. She was the first to call 911 after the shooting, the lawsuit says.
He suffered “severe physical trauma and shock and injuries to his nervous system,” the lawsuit says, without providing details.
Mitchell seeks compensation and punitive damages in amounts to be determined later.
Attorneys and other representatives for the defendants did not immediately comment.
Baldwin said in an Oct. 30 video that the shooting was a “one-in-a-billion event” and said, “We were a very, very well oiled crew filming a movie together and then this horrible event happened.”
Mitchell’s lawsuit alleges that the production gunsmith, Gutierrez Reed, had minimal experience and was hired as one of several cost-cutting measures that proved dangerous.
He says he violated protocol by allowing weapons and ammunition to go unattended during the lunch break.
Gutiérrez Reed told authorities that he does not know how a live bullet ended up in the weapon. Her attorney Jason Bowles said in a statement last week that “we are convinced this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed. We believe the scene was also altered before the police arrived. “
Santa Fe-area district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said last week investigators have found no evidence of sabotage.