Alec Baldwin is now a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Halyna Hutchins.
In the lawsuit, lawyers for the family list what they say are the lapses in safety on the “Rust” set … lapses they claim led to the cinematographer’s death.
Among the alleged lapses … live ammo on the movie set. The suit also claims other shortcomings … the crew failed to treat the gun as if it were loaded.
As for Baldwin, the suit claims he was only 4 feet from members of the crew and reached across his body and used his right hand to grab the revolver holstered on his left side, drew the revolver with a cross draw movement and aimed it directly at Hutchins while drawing back the hammer.
The suit claims, “He released the revolver’s hammer, and — BAM — defendant Baldwin fired the revolver.” Baldwin said in an interview he did not pull the trigger, but at a news conference Tuesday the Hutchins’ lawyer said “I think it’s clear what happened. Alec had the gun in his hand, he shot it — Halyna was killed. The gun cannot fire unless the trigger is engaged and the hammer is back.”
The suit says Baldwin never checked the gun himself for ammo before using it.