In a dramatic new development in the aftermath of the fatal on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, a judge in New Mexico has ruled that a civil lawsuit brought by three “Rust” crew members against Alec Baldwin can proceed. The suit alleges that Baldwin and other producers on the film cut corners and ignored reports of multiple unscripted firearm discharges, endangering the cast and crew.
Baldwin’s attorneys had requested that the lawsuit be dismissed, but the judge rejected this request, along with a plea to delay the proceedings. The actor’s legal team argued that delaying the case could put Baldwin at risk of self-incrimination, as prosecutors have yet to decide whether to refile criminal charges against him. However, the judge disagreed, stating that he would be mindful of Baldwin’s rights.
The civil case is just the latest in a series of lawsuits related to the shooting, which occurred during a rehearsal on the set of “Rust” last year. The incident has sparked heated debate about safety standards on film sets, as well as the responsibilities of actors and producers in ensuring the well-being of cast and crew.
The plaintiffs in the case allege that Baldwin and other producers were lax in their adherence to safety standards, rushing to finish the film while being understaffed and ignoring reports of firearm discharges. They also claim to have suffered mental anguish and emotional distress from witnessing the shooting.
Baldwin’s attorneys, however, argue that none of the plaintiffs were physically injured and thus should not be allowed to recover damages. They contend that gun safety was the responsibility of others on set, and that Baldwin’s role as a producer was limited to making suggestions on the script and casting.
As the case moves forward, many in the entertainment industry will be watching closely, wondering whether Baldwin will be held accountable for the tragic events that occurred on the set of “Rust.” With the civil trial now set to proceed, the possibility of a payout to the crew members involved is very real. Stay tuned for updates as this story continues to unfold.