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Lawsuit: Baldwin had no reason to fire in 'Rust' shooting

Script Supervisor Mamie Mitchell, left, reads a statement

Script Supervisor Mamie Mitchell, left, reads a statement alongside attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference on Wednesday announcing the lawsuit involving the "Rust" film set tragedy. Credit: AP / Richard Vogel

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that Alec Baldwin recklessly fired a gun when it wasn't called for in the script when he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the New Mexico set of the film "Rust."

"There was nothing in the script about the gun being discharged by DEFENDANT BALDWIN or by any other person," the lawsuit from script supervisor Mamie Mitchell says.

The lawsuit is the second to stem from the shooting, with many more expected.

Like last week’s lawsuit from head of lighting Serge Svetnoy, it was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and names many defendants including Baldwin, who was both star and a producer; David Halls, the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun; and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of weapons on the set.

Mitchell's suit focuses mainly on Baldwin's actions. It said she was standing next to Hutchins and within 4 feet of the actor, and was stunned when he fired the gun inside the tiny church on Bonanza Creek Ranch on Oct. 21.

According to discussions before the scene was filmed, it called for three tight shots of Baldwin: One on his eyes, one on a blood stain on his shoulder, and one on his torso as he pulled the gun from a holster, the suit says.

There was no call for Baldwin to point the gun toward Hutchins and Souza, nor to fire it, the suit says.

And it contends that Baldwin violated protocol by not checking the gun more carefully.

"Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian roulette when he fired a gun without checking it, and without having the armorer do so in his presence," Mitchell's attorney Gloria Allred said at a news conference.

A veteran script supervisor who has worked on nearly 100 productions, Mitchell was on a set for the first time since the pandemic began. She was the first to call 911 after the shooting, the suit says.

She suffered "serious physical trauma and shock and injury to her nervous system," the suit says, without giving details.

She is seeking both compensation and punitive damages in amounts to be determined later.

Lawyers and other representatives for the defendants had no immediate comment.

Mitchell's suit alleges that the armorer on the production, Gutierrez Reed, had minimal experience, and she was hired as one of several cost-cutting measures that proved dangerous.

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