Alec and Hilaria hit Central Park with the kids as Rust crew member sues embattled actor for ‘negligence’ over accidental shooting death on set
- Alec Baldwin, his wife, Hilaria, and their children were spotted out in New York’s Central Park on Sunday afternoon
- The embattled actor and his wife sipped takeaway coffee while two nannies helped them look after their children on a crisp, cool, fall day in the city
- Baldwin has been under severe stress since he accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza while rehearsing on the set of his movie, Rust, in New Mexico last month
- Head electrician on the Rust movie set Serge Svetnoy has sued Baldwin, rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director Dave Halls
- He claimed that the negligence that led to Hutchins’ death has caused him ‘severe emotional distress’ he’s unsure if he can recover from
- Svetnoy sued Baldwin for his negligence as an actor and as a producer of the movie, claiming that ‘the scene did not call for (him) to shoot the Colt Revolver’
- In a tribute post to Hutchins on Facebook Svetnoy said he ‘was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna’ when she was fatally shot
- ‘I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands,’ he added before filing the suit, which asked for damages and a jury trial
Alec Baldwin and his family were spotted out and about in New York City on Sunday as the embattled actor took time out from dealing with the ongoing fallout over the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of his film Rust last month.
Baldwin was spotted with his wife, Hilaria, and their brood during a day trip to Central Park. The couple was joined by two nannies who helped look after the children.
Alec and Hilaria both had cups of takeaway coffee while their son was also holding a beverage of some kind.
Alec Baldwin and his family were spotted out and about in New York City on Sunday
The family gathered around Alec as he sat on a park bench to take a rest
At one point, the doting mother took her child into her arms during the family outing on Sunday
The embattled Hollywood star appeared at peace with his children during their family outing in Central Park on Sunday
Both Alec and Hilaria were spotted taking sips of takeaway coffee near Central Park on Sunday
Baldwin is likely to face several lawsuits in connection with the fatal on-set shooting of a cinematographer last month
At one point, Alec was seen checking his phone during the family outing in Central Park
The family gathered around Alec as he sat on a park bench to take a rest.
Last week, legal action was taken in connection with the shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins on the Santa Fe, New Mexico set on October 21. The director, Joel Souza, suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
The head of lighting on the film filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging negligence that caused him ‘severe emotional distress’ that will haunt him forever.
Serge Svetnoy said in the suit that the bullet that killed his close friend Hutchins, narrowly missed him, and he held her head as she died.
Last week, legal action was taken in connection with the shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins on the Santa Fe, New Mexico set on October 21. Serge Svetnoy (right) said in the suit that the bullet that killed his close friend Hutchins (left), narrowly missed him, and he held her head as she died
The fatal shooting took place during rehearsals on October 21 for the filming of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Svetnoy (left), held dying Halyna Hutchins (right) in his arms after she was shot
Attorney Gary Dordick (left) speaks alongside his client Serge Svetnoy (right), chief of lighting on the Rust film set, after announcing a lawsuit against Baldwin and others on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, California
‘They should never, ever, have had live rounds on this set,’ Svetnoy’s attorney Gary A. Dordick said at a news conference Wednesday.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court names nearly two dozen defendants associated with the film including Baldwin, who was both star and a producer; David Halls, the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun; and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of weapons on the set.
It is the first known lawsuit of what could be many stemming from the October 21 shooting.
It was the ninth film that Svetnoy and Hutchins had worked on together, and he had taken the job at low pay because she asked him to.
‘She was my friend,’ Svetnoy said at the news conference.
He said he had seen guns sitting unattended in the dirt a few days earlier in the shoot, and had warned the people responsible about them.
On the day of the shooting, he was setting up lighting within 6 or 7 feet of Baldwin, the suit says.
‘What happened next will haunt Plaintiff forever,’ the suit says.
‘He felt a strange and terrifying whoosh of what felt like pressurized air from his right. He felt what he believed was gunpowder and other residual materials directly strike the right side of his face.’
Then, with his glasses scratched and his hearing muffled, he knelt to help Hutchins, the suit said.
The lawsuit seeks both compensatory and punitive damages to be determined later. It was filed in Los Angeles County because the plaintiff and most of the defendants are based there.
Attorneys and representatives for the defendants did not immediately respond to email and phone messages seeking comment on the suit.
Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles said in a statement Wednesday that ‘we are convinced this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed. We believe that the scene was tampered with as well before the police arrived.’
Bowles said his client has provided authorities with a full interview and continues to assist them. The statement did not address the lawsuit.
‘We are asking for a full and complete investigation of all of the facts, including the live rounds themselves, how they ended up in the “dummies” box, and who put them in there,’ the statement said.
Svetnoy sued Alec Baldwin, 63, for his negligence as an actor and as a producer of the movie, claiming that ‘the scene did not call for Defendant Baldwin to shoot the Colt Revolver’
The experienced crew member also sued 24-year-old armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (left) and the movie’s assistant director David Hall (right), who told Baldwin that the gun was cold
Gutierrez Reed said last week that she had inspected the gun Baldwin shot but doesn’t know how a live bullet ended up inside.
Santa Fe-area District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said investigators have encountered no proof of sabotage.
Her comments, first made on Good Morning America, were confirmed Wednesday by agency spokeswoman Sascha Guinn Anderson.
Carmack-Altwies says that investigators know who loaded the gun, though it remains unclear how the deadly round of ammunition got on the movie set. The district attorney said she is concerned that there were so many levels of safety failures.
Dordick said at the news conference that it was ‘far-fetched’ to suggest there was sabotage, but that Gutierrez Reed still had the same responsibility to know what was in the gun and who had handled it.
Authorities have said that Halls, the assistant director, handed the weapon to Baldwin and announced ‘cold gun,’ indicating that the weapon was safe to use.
Svetnoy shared the final photo of Halyna Hutchins (pictured holding the camera) on set in the church just moments before she was shot dead
Hutchins’ October 19, 2021 Instagram post showed cast members and staffers, including Baldwin alongside Hutchins herself and armorer Gutierrez-Reed (circled left to right) on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (pictured) on October 21 when he was handed prop gun with live ammunition
Halls said last week that he hoped the tragedy prompted the film industry to ‘reevaluate its values and practices’ to ensure no one is harmed again, but did not provide details.
Baldwin said on video on October 30 that the shooting was a ‘one-in-a-trillion event’ saying, ‘We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.’
The director Souza told detectives that Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in which he drew a revolver from his holster and pointed it toward the camera, which Hutchins and Souza were behind, according to court records in New Mexico.
Souza said the scene did not call for the use of live rounds, and Gutierrez Reed said real ammo should never have been present, according to the court records.
The Los Angeles lawsuit alleges that the scene did not call for Baldwin to fire the gun at all, only to point it.
Hollywood professionals have been baffled by the circumstances of the movie-set shooting. It already has led to other production crews stepping up safety measures.
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