Actor and producer Alec Baldwin is the defendant in a newly filed lawsuit relating to the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust” in 2021. The cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, was killed in the incident.
Famous attorney, Gloria Allred, announced the lawsuit on Thursday which was filed on behalf of Hutchins’ family members, her sister and parents.
No further details about the lawsuit were disclosed and Allred is scheduled to give a press conference later in the day.
The shooting took place during a rehearsal in New Mexico where Baldwin was handling a Colt firearm, causing the gun to discharge and leading to the death of the 42-year-old Hutchins.
The director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the incident. In October of last year, Baldwin and Hutchins’ widower, Matthew Hutchins, reached a settlement in a civil case related to the shooting.
Baldwin and the armorer responsible for overseeing firearms on set, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, have both been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the tragic incident that shook Hollywood.
“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a statement last month. “On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”
Meanwhile, Baldwin’s defense attorneys are seeking to disqualify Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor in the case, the Associated Press reported.
In a motion filed Tuesday, the actor’s legal team said New Mexico law prohibits Reeb from holding any authority in a judicial capacity since she is a state lawmaker.