Rust Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins’ Husband “to File Wrongful Death Lawsuit”
The late Halyna Hutchins’ husband is reportedly preparing to file a wrongful death complaint in light of the director of photography’s tragic death on set in New Mexico.
Halyna, 42, was killed on the set of Alec Baldwin’s upcoming film Rust when a gun the 63-year-old actor was holding failed.
Film director Joel Souza was also injured in the ordeal, but survived his injuries.
After Halyna’s death, Matthew Hutchins is believed to have hired a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
The company hired by the widower is Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi, TMZ reports, adding that the lawsuit will be filed on behalf of Matthew, and his and Halyna’s nine-year-old son, Andros.
The publication also added that there would be several defendants. OKAY! contacted the law firm for comment.
The Santa Fe County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department are still investigating Halyna’s death. Although no one has been charged for the accident, they say that option is still on the table.
Part of their ongoing investigation is to determine how the actual bullet that killed Halyna ended up in the gun after it was said to be safe to use.
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Film gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has since hired her own lawyers who aim to prove someone wanted to sabotage the film.
Lawyer Jason Bowles said Today: “I think someone who would do that would want to sabotage the set, want to prove their point of view, want to say that they are unhappy, that they are unhappy.
“And we know people had left the set the day before.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday November 3, Alec Baldwin, who produced and starred the film, shared a team member’s statement ending claims that the film’s setting was ‘dangerous’ and ‘chaotic’.
Alec shared the post from costume designer Terese Magpale Davis with the caption: “Read this”.
Terese wrote: “These producers who supposedly don’t care about their team have worked tirelessly with us. They were some of the most approachable and friendly producers I have ever worked with. The concerns have been heard and addressed.
Speaking to the film’s gunsmith, whom she called not the “most experienced,” Terese continued, “The misfires were accidental discharges, which are more common than you might think. Yes there is a difference. And the weapons were checked immediately afterwards and the discharges were announced on set and excused (I was right there).
“We had several security meetings. Sometimes several a day.
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