Alec Baldwin, others 'responsible' for Halyna Hutchins' death in 'Rust' shooting, wrongful death lawsuit says

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The family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer shot and killed on the set of “Rust” on Oct. 21, announced the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit at a press conference Tuesday.

The lawsuit, which was filed in New Mexico, names Alec Baldwin and others who “are responsible for the safety on the set” and “reckless behavior and cost-cutting” led to the death of Hutchins, according to Hutchins’ lawyer.

The lawyers interviewed witnesses before filing the lawsuit and created a video compiling evidence for the wrongful death lawsuit. 

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Serge Svetnoy, "Rust" electrician (left), and Halyna Hutchins (right).

Serge Svetnoy, “Rust” electrician (left), and Halyna Hutchins (right).
(Serge Svetnoy)

Baldwin previously sat down for a tell-all interview regarding the Oct. 21 shooting where he described the moment the gun went off.

Baldwin and Hutchins were setting up for a shot where the actor was supposed to draw the gun and point it at a camera. While standing next to the camera, the cinematographer was “guiding” Baldwin on where to point the gun, he said. “The gun wasn’t meant to be fired in that angle,” he confirmed.

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Baldwin handing over his cell phone to authorities is the most recent development in the investigation.

Baldwin handing over his cell phone to authorities is the most recent development in the investigation.
(Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)

Authorities have said Baldwin was told the gun was safe to handle but continue to investigate how a live round ended up in the weapon. Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on the “Rust” set. They have said it is too soon to determine whether charges will be filed, amid lawsuits concerning liability in the fatal shooting.

Baldwin handing over his cell phone to authorities is the most recent development in the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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