From the outset of the horrific shootings of two people on the set of Alec Baldwin’s never-to-be-finished film Rust,He has not acknowledged any guilt in the tragedy. We know that the bullet originated from the gun he was carrying and he shot it as he directed the fire at Halyna Utchins and Joel Souza. Souza was able to survive the attack, while Hutchins died. The couple left behind a husband as well as a nine-year-old daughter.
Killing a friend accidentally can’t be anything but a horrifically traumatizing experience, and yet in the days following Hutchins’s death, Baldwin and his fake Spanish wife could only talk about themselves and how traumatized they were. They were seen going out for drinks, heading out for family time and socializing as though nothing happened…all things Halyna Hutchins will never do again. Although her son will never be able to see his mommy again after this incident, the Baldwins were the ones who played the victim from the beginning. Alec Baldwin is known for not being cooperative with authorities. He then did a bizarre, insincere, and cringe-inducing interview on Good Morning America. None of it helped his cause in the public eye, and this next move – if Hollywood has even the tiniest shred of decency left – should make him persona non grata from here on out.
The family of Halyna Houtchins realized that there may not be a satisfactory response to Rust’s shooting. Therefore, they filed a lawsuit against Baldwin, and the other producers, alleging negligence and bad oversight.
Start at Variety:
The family of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Alec Baldwin and others involved in the film, alleging that reckless behavior and cost-cutting led to her death.
Hutchins was shot and killed on Oct. 21 while preparing for a scene at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, N.M. Baldwin, the film’s star, was holding the gun when it fired, though he has stated that he did not pull the trigger. Hutchins was hit in the stomach and the bullet lodged on the shoulder by Joel Souza. Hutchins, who was shot through the torso and had the bullet lodged in her shoulder by Joel Souza, was flown to Albuquerque’s hospital where she later died.
She left behind her husband, Matthew Hutchins, and the couple’s 9-year-old son.
In addition to Baldwin, the suit names seven producers as defendants — Ryan Smith, Allen Cheney, Nathan Klingher, Ryan Winterstern, Anjul Nigam, Matthew DelPiano, and Emily Salveson — as well as crew members Sarah Zachry, Dave Halls, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, Gabrielle Pickle, Seth Kenney, and others.
As the family searches for justice, the SNL star isn’t there. In a move that surely will be eligible one day for the “Tone Deaf Hall of Fame,” Baldwin bounced to Britain to…wait for it…shoot a new movie.
In a social media post about his latest job, he expressed a bit of disorientation getting back to work “since this horrible thing happened” on the set of his last film.
“I said I would keep a little diary while I was traveling and working. Our first day was today, and it is always difficult. I don’t work as much as I used to, and I’ve said this before maybe, but you go to work, and you forget what you’re supposed to do. Just like that, I was thinking, “Oh, God, what are you doing?” What is acting or any of this nonsense that I’ve ended up doing? It’s strange to go back to work. I haven’t worked since October 21st of last year when this horrible thing happened on the set of this film, and the accidental death of our cinematographer Halyna Hutchins”
Again, I don’t think it’s fair to call Baldwin a murderer, but it’s looking fair enough to call him an arrogant, clueless prick. It must be maddening to be the father to Hutchins’s now motherless child and see this man go about his life, his business, and his livelihood all the while speaking about the death he played a part in as just some thing that happened.
Normal people would work for years to recover their faculties after losing a loved one or coworker. Baldwin’s almost immediate return to casual life has been disconcerting at best, enraging at the very least.