Alec Baldwin Lawyers Up

Alec Baldwin Lawyers Up

( – In October, actor Alex Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of his latest feature film, “Rust.” In recent days, Baldwin hired former US attorney Aaron S. Dyer of the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to protect himself and several of his production companies from two civil lawsuits. Mamie Mitchell, the film’s script supervisor, and Serge Svetnoy, a gaffer, filed separate legal briefs alleging wrongdoing by Baldwin.

Mitchell alleges Baldwin committed assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and deliberate infliction of harm. She says Baldwin knew what he was doing when he cocked and fired the 1873 single-action revolver, also referred to as a Peacemaker. The gun was not supposed to be loaded. Nonetheless, Mitchell argues the manuscript never called for such an action. Mitchell also claims the actor pointed and fired the gun at her, Hutchins and Souza against safety protocols.

Svetnoy’s lawsuit alleges Baldwin should only have pointed the gun at the camera and nowhere else, according to the script. He claimed the actor had a responsibility to handle the weapon at all times as if it were loaded. By being so close to the incident, Svetnoy says he suffered emotional distress.

“Rust” is unlikely ever to see completion or appear on the big or small screen.

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