Baldwin loses bid to end lawsuit from 'Rust' shooting

August 25, 2023

Alec Baldwin lost a bid to toss a lawsuit from Rust crew members over the fatal shooting on the movie's set nearly two years ago. 

Baldwin shot and killed the movie's cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, in October 2021 in a freak accident.

Three members of the movie's crew accuse Baldwin and the movie's producers of creating unsafe conditions that led to Hutchins' death.

Baldwin loses bid

Hutchins was killed when Baldwin fired a loaded prop gun during a rehearsal. Baldwin has maintained his innocence, saying the gun went off by itself.

The crew members said Baldwin should have checked the gun before he started rehearsing the fatal scene.

"He did not request that anyone verify or demonstrate the revolver’s safety before this exchange. And he did not ask to see whether ammunition was present inside the revolver’s chamber – despite his knowledge of the observable differences between a live and dummy round, and a loaded and unloaded chamber. Instead, Defendant Baldwin accepted the revolver without any verification that it was a 'cold gun,'" they said.

The crew members claim they suffered injuries including "hearing loss, temporary deafness, and vibrational shock" as a result of the unsafe conditions on the "gun-heavy" set.

Baldwin's lawyers called the lawsuit unfair, saying it could cause Baldwin to incriminate himself as he faces the possibility of criminal charges.

But a judge in New Mexico dismissed Baldwin's requests to dismiss the lawsuit or else delay the proceedings while a criminal investigation is ongoing.

Pulled trigger

Prosecutors dropped charges of involuntary manslaughter against Baldwin in April, citing "new facts." But a new forensic analysis confirmed the obvious - that Baldwin had to have pulled the trigger in order for the round to be discharged.

“Although Alec Baldwin repeatedly denies pulling the trigger, given the tests, findings and observations reported here, the trigger had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver,” the report said.

Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is still facing charges for involuntary manslaughter.

Baldwin reached an undisclosed settlement with Hutchins' family in June.

"I was angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way, and then to not accept responsibility after having just described killing her," Hutchins' husband Matthew said in February.

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