Serge Svetnoy, the gaffer on the set of Rust has sued Alec Baldwin for negligence.
Svetnoy who is a friend of deceased cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, filed a lawsuit against Baldwin, the film’s producers, armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director Dave Halls, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Svetnoy alleged each of the parties named in the lawsuit failed to implement and maintain “industry standards” for control over firearms used on the movie set, according to the complaint.
The gaffer wasn’t physically injured when Baldwin fired a gun that had a live round, fatally shooting Hutchins, but he alleged in the complaint that he was close enough that “discharge materials from the blast struck him directly.”
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“Simply put there was no reason for a live bullet to be placed in that .45 Colt revolver or to be present anywhere on the Rust set, and the presence of a bullet in that revolver posed a lethal threat to everyone in its vicinity,” the complaint states.
In October, Svetnoy wrote an emotional Facebook titled “My vision of the RUST tragedy,”. In the post, he revealed he was standing next to Hutchins when Baldwin shot the gun that killed her.
“Yes, I was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna during this fatal shot that took her life and injured the director Joel Souza. I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands,” he said. “I want to tell my opinion on why this has happened. I think I have the right to do it.”
“It’s the fault of negligence and unprofessionalism,” Svetnoy wrote. “The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site did not do this; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on the site did not do this; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it. And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!”
Filming on “Rust” has been halted and an investigation into the 21st October incident is ongoing.
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