Rust Screenwriter Mamie Mitchell is “not in any shape” to return to her job on that film – if and when filming resumes – or others after her experience there, attorney Gloria Allred said at a news conference Wednesday.
The two announced Mitchell’s lawsuit against producer and actress Alec Baldwin, who fired the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on October 21 in New Mexico, as well as a rag of other production companies and individual producers and crew members.
In a lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Mitchell claimed she was injured when the gun was fired just four feet away from her. She accused the defendants of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and deliberate infliction of injury, and said she is seeking compensation and punishment.
Mitchell, the person who originally called 911 after the incident, was “shocked, traumatized and … suffered physical and emotional harm because of what she saw, heard and experienced when she was in the firing line when Alec Baldwin’s gun fired a live bullet that day, “Allred said in a statement.
Allred said Mitchell has not had contact with Baldwin or the parties behind another lawsuit, the one Rust gaffer Serge Svetnoy, filed last week. He was also hit by the bullet and accused many of the same parties of general negligence.
Mitchell described Hutchins as a “good collaborator” and a person who had “beautiful energy.”
She claimed in her trial that the script had not even prompted Baldwin – who was reportedly told by David Halls, the first assistant director, that the gun was “cold” – to fire a weapon. Instead, the cameras just had to close tightly around him to show that he was pulling his gun forward.
“Alec Baldwin should have assumed that the gun in question was loaded unless and until it was demonstrated to him or checked by him that it was not loaded,” according to the court document. “He had no right to trust an alleged statement by the assistant director that it was a ‘cold gun’. Mr Baldwin can not hide behind the assistant director to try to apologize for not checking the gun himself. . “
At the press conference, Allred said the star was “ruthless” and played “Russian roulette”.
Baldwin’s team did not respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
Mitchell also criticized the production in general, repeating others who have said that standard security measures were ignored on the set for the film, which had an estimated budget of $ 7.3 million. For example, she was never told that a gun would be fired that day, and the cast and crew were not instructed to move away from the action.
She blamed the producers for trying to “cut through what was considered scornful as bureaucracy common in Hollywood-based productions by running some of Rust‘s film-making apparatus out of Georgia and New Mexico. “She said they deliberately endangered the lives of crew members by ignoring” at least [two] cases of weapons failing during the shooting of Rust before [the Baldwin incident]”and for failing to hire an experienced armored man, in an attempt to save money. The production’s armored master, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, had worked in that role on only one other film before. Rustaccording to IMDb.
Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer, Jason Bowles, told Yahoo Entertainment earlier this month that she was unaware of any live rounds on the set.
“Hannah was incredibly safety conscious and took her job very seriously from the moment she started on October 4. She did firearms training for the actors as well as Mr. Baldwin, she fought for several training days and she regularly emphasized never fixing a firearm. .on a person, “Bowles said. “Never in a million years did Hannah think there could have been live rounds in the ‘dummy’ round box. Who put them in there and why is the key question. Hannah kept guns locked inside, even during lunch that day, and she instructed her department to keep an eye on the cart containing the weapons when she was pulled away for her other tasks or on a lunch break.Hannah did everything in her power to ensure a safe set.She inspected the cartridges, as she loaded in the firearms that day. She always inspected the shots. She did it again just before handing over the firearm to Mr. Halls, by turning the cylinder and showing him all the shots and then handing him the firearm. No one could have foreseen or thought, that someone would introduce live rounds into this set. “
Speaking Wednesday, Allred said her team has not found evidence of sabotage in their investigation into what happened.