Alec Baldwin filed a lawsuit against several crew members of “Rust” on Friday for providing him with the loaded gun that he fired on set, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year.

Baldwin, who is awaiting a decision on whether he’ll face criminal charges in the shooting, accused “Rust’s” armorer and first assistant director, among others, of negligence in a cross-complaint following a lawsuit filed against him last year by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, the New York Times reported.

Mitchell accused Baldwin of “recklessly” firing the gun that killed Hutchins, 42, as she was standing next to her, causing her emotional distress.

Baldwin’s suit names Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s rookie armorer who was in charge of handling guns and ammunition on set in New Mexico, as well as assistant director David Halls, who handed the loaded gun to Baldwin after he announced it was safe, the report said.

Sarah Zachry, the head of the crew’s props department, and Seth Kenney, who supplied the guns and ammunition to the set, were also named, The Times reported.

Halyna Hutchins attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception at Cafe Terigo on January 28, 2019 in Park City,
Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on the “Rust” set.
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Los Angeles, CA  - Police release hundreds of photos and videos in on-going probe of shooting on the Alec Baldwin movie Rust. Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film’s set on October 21, 2021. At a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hutchins when it went off, killing Hutchins and wounding the director, Joel Souza. They had been inside a small church during setup for filming a scene. Law enforcement officials have now released a trove of video evidence in the ongoing investigation of the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by actor and producer Alec Baldwin on the set of a Western movie. Data files released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office include lapel camera recordings taken by a commanding officer as he arrives at a film-set ranch where medics are attending to the wounded, with an evacuation helicopter whirring overhead. A search for the gun leads to the movie production's armorer, who breaks down in tears. Other videos show investigators as they debriefing Baldwin within hours of the fatal shooting, talking with him inside a compact office - and rehearsal clips that show Baldwin in costume as he practices a quick-draw maneuver with a gun. There are also hundreds of photos taken on the set that show the bloody crime scene as well as the blood stained clothing of Hutchins and Souza. Other photos show the scene inside the church after paramedics desperately tried to revive Hutchins – with blood on the floor as well as red-stained medical supplies. More photos were taken of the prop truck and dozens of guns and ammunition as well as Baldwin showing off his hands and clothing to a sheriff deputy. Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said in a statement that the investigation by his agency remains open and ongoing as it awaits the results of ballistics and forensic analysis from the FBI as well as studies of fingerprint and DNA.
The gun used by Baldwin during the fatal scene.
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Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, said the crew members did not maintain safety on set.

“This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun,” the lawsuit alleges, according to The Times.

Last week, Baldwin lost his bid to toss Mitchell’s lawsuit – one of many filed against the actor following the shooting —  after a  Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that Mitchell can press on with her claims of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence against the actor. Gutierrez-Reed and Hall are also named in her complaint.

Rust's rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed on set
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s rookie armorer, on set in New Mexico.


A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's offices on Camino Justicia after being questioned on Oct. 20, 2021 about a shooting when a prop gun misfired earlier in the day on a local movie set.
A distraught Alec Baldwin outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s offices after the fatal shooting on Oct. 21, 2021.

ALEC BALDWIN & HALYNA HUTCHINS - The chief electrician on “Rust” has told how cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died in his arms after being shot by Alec Baldwin — angrily blaming “negligence and unprofessionalism” for her death and taking aim at cheap producers.
Baldwin and crew on the set of “Rust.”
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Baldwin shot and killed Hutchinson more than a year ago on Oct. 21, 2021, while filming a scene for the independent western on a ranch outside of Sante Fe. While practicing a cross-draw on set with a replica Pietta Colt .45, the gun discharged, striking Hutchins and director Joel Souza, 49.  Hutchins died from her wounds.

Baldwin, and those named in his suit, have repeatedly denied any responsibility for the shooting.

The actor said that the gun went off accidentally and that he did not pull the trigger. However, a recent FBI forensic report found the weapon could not have fired unless the trigger was pulled.

Last month, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office completed its investigation into the fatal shooting. Criminal charges against those involved, including Baldwin, and may be imminent, pending a decision from District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies.

Last month, the production announced that filming would continue after a settlement was reached with Hutchins’ estate. Her widower, Matthew Hutchins, will be an executive producer.



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