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Alec Baldwin Being Sued By Halyna Hutchins’ Family Following ‘Rust’ Set Shooting

American comedian and producer, Alec Baldwin is in hot water as he faces a new civil suit by Halyna Hutchins’ family. The cinematographer was fatally shot and killed on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico after Baldwin allegedly fired a prop gun. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter last month.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress & Negligence

Alec Baldwin is facing a new lawsuit filed by the family of the Ukrainian cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died on the set of “Rust” after being fatally shot by him with a prop gun. The family’s attorney, Gloria Allred stated that the family is “devastated by the shocking killing” of Ms Hutchins. Last month, Baldwin was charged with “involuntary” manslaughter for the on-set shooting that killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.

In the civil suit, the deceased person’s family has alleged “intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence”. The lawsuit has been filed before the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Halyna’s mother, father and sister, who are presently living in Ukraine. The family “feels strongly that anyone who is responsible for her loss must be held accountable”, Gloria further stated in the press conference. 

The new lawsuit filed on Thursday (Feb. 9) aims at providing “accountability and justice” to Halyna’s family. Last year, her husband filed a lawsuit against Baldwin and other people in the film production. This lawsuit was filed to seek “punitive damages, funeral and other expenses, alleging “reckless behaviour and cost-cutting” on set. It was settled last October for an undisclosed amount.

About The “Rust” Set Incident…

Cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, who is a Ukrainian, died in hospital in October 2021, after being shot in the chest by a prop gun, allegedly fired by Mr Baldwin during a rehearsal at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. The incident occurred during the filming of “Rust” in New Mexico, but Baldwin has maintained his defense that he was told the gun was “cold”, which means safe and without ammunition, and that he did not pull the trigger.

Last month, prosecutors revealed that Alec has been distracted while speaking to family members on his mobile phone during firearms training. Not only this, but he also failed to perform mandatory safety checks with armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (also charged with involuntary manslaughter).

“This reckless deviation from known standards and practice and protocol directly caused the fatal shooting,” prosecutors alleged. FYI, if found guilty in a trial, both could face up to 18 months in prison. As a result of this brutal incident, Halyna’s family had to cope up with the loss of their daughter, whilst living in a war zone. Her mother revealed that their daughter could have brought her family to the US to flee the war in Ukraine if she were still alive.

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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