Alec Baldwin is being sued for killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, according to the lead gaffer on the independent western movie “Rust”.
Baldwin’s legal team argued that the special prosecutor in the case is actively considering pressing fresh charges against the actor, placing him in potential criminal danger, but they were unsuccessful in getting the lawsuit to be put on hold.
The scheduling meeting in the case was postponed by the court until November, according to Baldwin’s attorney. Baldwin’s legal team is allowed to resubmit the request if circumstances change, the court stated, and the plaintiffs agreed not to serve discovery in the near future.
A move to halt civil litigation while criminal proceedings were ongoing was also rejected by the judge last month, but Judge Bryan Biedscheid noted that this might be revisited as the case progressed.
Baldwin’s Fifth Amendment rights were a matter of concern, but Biedscheid nonetheless rejected the petition, explaining that the actor’s legal team might later seek protective orders or make use of the “30 Rock” actor’s Fifth Amendment rights.
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Robert Schwartz, Baldwin’s attorney, argued that the decision was “real injustice” and “unnecessary.” He underlined that although the plaintiffs had to wait 16 months after the shooting before requesting discovery, Baldwin might still be facing criminal prosecution.
According to the original complaint, Ross Addiego, Doran Curtin, and Reese Price sued Baldwin, Rust Movie Productions, LLC, and El Dorado Pictures for compensatory and punitive damages after they allegedly sustained injuries on the set, “including, but not limited to, hearing loss, temporary deafness, and vibrational shock,”
The three alleged that Baldwin and the production firm acted carelessly and recklessly on the set, which resulted in Hutchins’ deadly shooting on October 21, 2021.
Baldwin was holding a gun when it went off, killing Hutchins. As the gun went off, the two were practicing a cross-draw scene.
Other civil actions against Baldwin include one from the family of Hutchins. In February, the father, mother, and sister of the cinematographer filed a complaint with claims of abuse, loss of consortium, infliction of emotional distress, and other things.
After Hutchins was shot dead on October 21, 2021, Baldwin was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the incident. In April, special prosecutors decided not to press charges against the “30 Rock” actor.