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Alec Baldwin Sued by Family of Late Halyna Hutchins

Alec Baldwin Sued by Family of Late Halyna Hutchins
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Halyna Hutchins, 42, died last year during a scene rehearsal after a gun held by Baldwin discharged a live round. Baldwin is one of several defendants named in the wrongful death lawsuit.

Lawyers for the Hutchins family said she would still be alive if crew members had not "cut corners corners on safety procedures where human lives were at stake, rushing to stay on schedule and ignoring numerous complaints of safety violations."

Tuesday's lawsuit was filed in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico on behalf of Halyna Hutchins' husband Matthew and son Andros and seeks unspecified damages.

At a news conference, lawyers for the Hutchins family also presented an animated re-enactment of the shooting.

The lawsuit claims Baldwin and others "failed to perform industry-standard safety checks and follow basic gun safety rules."

Other defendants named include assistant director David Halls, armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and prop master Sarah Zachry.
Halls and Gutierrez-Reed have both faced complaints in the past that they did not adhere to on-set safety measures.

Duncan Levin, a former federal prosecutor, and New York-based criminal defense attorney, said filing a civil case before prosecutors filed criminal charges introduces several complications.

Levin said the family's decision to file the lawsuit could signal they have lost faith in law enforcement since no one has been charged with a crime so far.

"At this point, they're suing someone who law enforcement hasn't even decided whether to charge or not," Levin said. "It gives Baldwin an opening to say, 'I'm innocent. I'm out here living my life, and I haven't been charged with anything, yet these guys are jumping to the conclusion that I did something wrong. Well, let's not jump to conclusions. Let this process play out. You'll see that I did nothing wrong.' It will allow (Baldwin) that kind of opening, strategically speaking."

The Hutchins' family suit is one of four legal claims filed against Baldwin and "Rust" producers.

Gutierrez-Reed, who was in charge of checking all firearms on the set, claimed in her suit that ammunition supplier Seth Kenney mixed live rounds in boxes she thought contained only blanks.

Baldwin was told that the gun was "cold," indicating the weapon contained only dummy bullets, but a live bullet inside the gun struck and killed Hutchins, as she was setting up a close-up shot of the actor, Gutierrez-Reed said.

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