December 7, 2021

Rust script did not call for gun to be fired, lawsuit alleges

Script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell – who called the police after the shooting – filed the lawsuit.

Rust script did not call for gun to be fired, lawsuit alleges

Rust script did not call for gun to be fired, lawsuit alleges photo credit: BBC

A lawsuit filed against Alec Baldwin alleged that the Rust film script did not require him to fire a gun when he fatally shot Halyna Hutchins.

Script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell – who called the police after the shooting – filed the lawsuit.

Her lawyer accused Alec Baldwin of “playing Russian roulette” when he fired the gun without checking it. Baldwin and the Rust producers – who were also named in the lawsuit – have not yet commented.

Baldwin has previously shared comments from a crew member, rejecting suggestions that the film was unsafe.

Mitchell’s lawsuit claims that the script called for three tight camera shots, one of Baldwin’s eyes, another of a bloodstain on his shoulder and a third on his torso “as he reached his hand down to the holster and removed the gun”.

“There was nothing in the script about the gun being discharged by defendant Baldwin or by any other person,” it says.

Mitchell’s lawyer described the behaviour of Baldwin and the producers as “reckless” as she accused them of failing to follow safety protocols.

According to court records, Baldwin was handed the weapon by the film’s assistant director who did not know it contained live ammunition and indicated it was unloaded by shouting “cold gun”.

The lawyer said that Baldwin “chose to play Russian roulette when he fired a gun without checking it and without having the armourer do so in his presence”.

She added that a range of safety failures meant that it was “a case where injury or death was much more than just a possibility — it was a likely result”.

Mitchell was standing less than 4ft (1.2m) away from Mr Baldwin when the weapon was discharged, according to the lawsuit.

“I relive the shooting and the sound of the explosion from the gun over and over again,” she told reporters.

Her lawsuit is claiming assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and deliberate infliction of harm, and is requesting unspecified damages.

It is the second to be filed over the incident, after the set’s head electrician began legal action stating he suffered “severe emotional distress” earlier this month.

Sources: BBC, CBS

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