The family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died as a result of an accidental shooting by actor Alec Baldwin on the movie set Rust, now appears to be seeking legal recourse.
Fox News reports that the family of Hutchins has secured legal representation and is expected to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the coming weeks.
The family, including Hutchins’ husband Matt and their 9-year-old son, is reportedly being represented by Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi.
Fox notes that the family’s legal team has not released any official statement “regarding what their plans are in terms of any kind of legal case.”
“However,” Fox adds, “[t]he group’s website notes that they specialize in personal injury and wrongful death suits.”
Fox also indicated that there are expected to be multiple defendants in the suit. It remains unclear at this point if Baldwin will be one of them.
The suit stems from a negligent shooting that took place on a New Mexico movie set. Cinematographer Hutchins died and the director and writer of the film, Joel Souza, was injured after Baldwin fired off a prop gun during a rehearsal. The actor had reportedly been told the gun was “cold.”
As more details emerge about the case, it only gets more shocking. Most recently, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the movie set’s armorer, released a statement through her lawyers that claimed a live round had been added in to a box of dummy rounds in what they suggested could have been a “sabotage.”
The remarks came on a recent episode of the Today show. “I believe that somebody who would do that would want to sabotage the set, want to prove point, want to say that they’re disgruntled, they’re unhappy,” lawyer Jason Bowles told the NBC program, according to People magazine.
“And we know that people had already walked off the set the day before,” he added, pointing to protests from crew members over working conditions.
“We have people who had left the set, who had walked out because they were disgruntled,” Bowles insisted. “We have a time frame between 11 and 1, approximately, that day, in which the firearms at times were unattended, so there was opportunity to tamper with this scene.”
It remains to be seen whether or not any criminal charges will be brought over the incident, which remains under investigation.