Fatal shooting of Alec Baldwin on a set: the parents of the victim attack in civil
The American actor Alec Baldwin, author of a fatal shooting on the set of the film “Rust” in 2021, is the subject of a complaint from the Ukrainian parents and the sister of his victim, the family lawyer announced Thursday.
On October 21, 2021, this filming on a ranch in New Mexico (southwestern United States) had turned tragic when Mr. Baldwin had activated a weapon supposed to contain only blank bullets, but including a very real projectile killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza.
This rare news item had shocked Hollywood and had a strong impact, triggering calls to ban firearms on sets, where the presence of live ammunition is in theory already prohibited.
Alec Baldwin is currently being prosecuted criminally prosecuted by a New Mexico court for manslaughter and faces possible jail time, just like the film's gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
Separately, Ms. Hutchins' Ukrainian family decided to bring civil suit against the actor and the production of the film, based in California, in a court of Los Angeles, explained their lawyer Gloria Allred.
“Halyna was the light of their life. (…) For our three clients, the tragic loss of their daughter and sister is heartbreaking,” she told a press conference. “But on top of this tragedy, they have to try to absorb this loss while living in Ukraine, in the midst of (Vladimir) Putin's war. “
“Losing my sister (…) was a terrible experience,” Svetlana Zemko said in a video released Thursday. “I believe giving up and letting this go unpunished is unacceptable. »
Alec Baldwin, 64, best known for his role in the series “30 Rock”, has always claimed his innocence. According to him, he was assured that his weapon was harmless, and he denies having pulled the trigger. An assertion questioned by many experts.
In October, the actor announced that he had reached an agreement ending the civil lawsuits brought by Halyna Hutchins' widower, Matthew. Its amount had not been disclosed, and the resumption of filming of “Rust” had been announced for early 2023, with Matthew Hutchins as executive producer.
“The agreement was for Matthew and his child and “there was no deal” for the mother, father and sister of the late cinematographer, Gloria Allred said. According to the lawyer, Alec Baldwin “did not even contact them (…) to say that he was sorry”.
“We want (…) justice for them, c It's as simple as that,” she concluded.