Rust crew member who was nearly injured is suing Alec Baldwin and others

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As Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies denies rumors that the deadly shooting at Rust set – where a live round placed in a prop gun used by Alec Baldwin killed film photographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza –was the result of “sabotage”, another member of Rust the crew comments on the “serious emotional distress” he has suffered due to his proximity to the incident.

This is from CNN, says Serge Svetnoy, chief lighting technician at Rust set, was “hit by ‘discharge materials'” when the gun went off, and was apparently “narrowly missed” by the bullet itself. He blames the project’s producers for what happened, and he is now suing Baldwin, assistant director David Halls, armor master Hannah Gutierrez Reed and various other individuals and companies involved in Rust.

“There was no reason why a live bullet should be placed in the .45 Colt revolver or be present anywhere on Rust set, “the lawsuit states, and the fact that the bullet was there at all means that production could not” implement and maintain industry standards for the possession and control of firearms used on the set. “CNN says he believes they did not hired a “competent and experienced armor.”

The trial goes on to say that Svetnoy was “informed and believes” that “ammunition used on Rust the set was never stored safely and was simply left unattended in the proplast truck. “Svetnoy has also written on social media that he and Hutchins were” close friends “after working on nine films together, and he says he kept her in her arms, “while she was dying.” (She was later pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital.)

CNN reached out to the various parties involved in this lawsuit, but none of them offered a comment.


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