The Rust script supervisor has filed a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and the film’s producers, saying she suffered both ‘physical and emotional’ injuries after the fatal shooting.
Hollywood actor Baldwin, 63, accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when a gun he was holding went off during production for the Western movie in New Mexico last month.
Mamie Mitchell filed the suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, claiming she was stood just over one metre away from where the gun went off.
‘Plaintiff was terrified and feared for her life,’ the suit states. ‘The gunshot caused Plaintiff to experience pain in her ears and head and, shortly thereafter, Plaintiff began to hear loud ringing in her ears.
‘Soon after, Plaintiff witnessed the horror of what had occurred.’
The suit claims that Baldwin should have checked the gun to make sure it was unloaded and also accuses the producers of cost-cutting measures that led to the incident.
‘I will never forget what happened on the set of Rust that day,’ Mitchell writes. ‘I relive the shooting and sound of the explosion from the gun over and over again.
‘I am depressed. I don’t feel safe. I feel that at any moment anything could happen to me and to those that I care about that are standing close to me.
‘I do not have a sense of guardrails in my life to keep me safe. I’m frightened of the future. This violent tragedy has taken away the joy in my life.’
In Mitchell’s suit, she claims of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and deliberate infliction of harm.
Following the shooting, Santa Fe county sheriff said there had been ‘some complacency’ in how weapons were handled.
Authorities in Santa Fe are probing how a suspected live round came to be in the firearm, which had been declared safe by an assistant director, according to court documents.
Production on Rust has been halted indefinitely while authorities investigate the shooting.
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