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A new lawsuit against actor Alec Baldwin says the film’s script did not require him to fire a gun when he accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, who tipped off the police about what happened on the recording set in New Mexico, filed the lawsuit.
His attorney, Gloria Allred, accused the actor of “play Russian roulette” when he fired the gun without checking its contents.
Baldwin and the film’s producers, who were also named in the lawsuit, have yet to comment.
The Hollywood actor, who was a co-producer of the film, has denied in several messages shared on social networks the claims made by members of the team that suggest that the filming set was unsafe.
Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate what happened on October 21 during the filming of “Rust.” So far no criminal charges have been brought against anyone.
“Shooting was not in the script”
Mitchell’s lawsuit explains that in the script there was three closed camera shots: one from Baldwin’s eyes, another from a bloodstain on his shoulder, and a third from his torso. According to the text, that was the moment in which he “reached into the holster and pulled out the pistol.”
“There was nothing in the script what to say that the weapon should be downloaded by the defendant Baldwin or by any other person, “he says.
In a press conference held on Wednesday, the plaintiff’s lawyer described as “unwise” the behavior of Baldwin and the film’s producers, whom he accused of not following security protocols.
According to the court records, the assistant to the director of the film handed the weapon to Baldwin – who did not know it contained live ammunition – and told him that it was unloaded, screaming “cold gun”.
Allred claimed that Baldwin “chose to play Russian roulette by firing a weapon without checking it and without the gunsmith doing so in his presence. “
The lawyer concluded that those errors in the protocols security “made someone’s injury or death more than likely.”
According to the lawsuit, Mitchell was just over a meter away from Baldwin when he fired the gun.
“I relive the shot and the sound of the explosion of the weapon over and over again, “he told reporters.
This is the second lawsuit filed over the incident after the set’s chief electrician filed legal action earlier this month.
The film’s gunsmith, who is responsible for guns and ammunition on set, has said he doesn’t know how the bullet got to the gun.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.