Alec Baldwinwho handled the loaded gun that killed the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the film set Rust in New Mexico last October, filed a counterclaim in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, alleging negligence by a number of people involved in the production. The goal, his suit says, is to “clear his name.”
According to Associated PressBaldwin blames some of those named in script supervisor lawsuit Granny Mitchell, and, if successful, he would receive a share of any damages that Mitchell might win. In addition, his lawsuit asks that these people would pay the damages assessed against him.
Mitchell, who was standing behind Hutchins during the incident, sued a number of people involved in the film, including Baldwin, who was a producer.
“More than anyone else on this set, Baldwin was wrongly held to be the perpetrator of this tragedy. By these counterclaims, Baldwin seeks to clear his name,” his lawsuit states.
Baldwin has long said he didn’t pull the trigger on the gun, which shouldn’t have been loaded during camera rehearsals, but an FBI investigation concluded that the weapon in question could not fire if the trigger was not pulled. Baldwin’s attorney called the findings “misinterpreted” and said the gun was in “poor condition.”
Last month Baudouin and the Rust the producers reached a settlement with Hutchins’ family for the tragic accident. Surprisingly, production on the film is set to resume in January. the widower of Hutchins, Matthew Hutchinsis now attached as executive producer.
Although Baldwin has not appeared in any major new film or television projects since the Rust shot, he also didn’t maintain a very low profile. While his version of Matching game has been cancelled (although ABC said their decision was not determined by the Rust controversy), he continued the podcasts (the limited series Art fraud and the course Here’s the thing), and he has two christmas movies in the works. At the end of July, he interviewed Woody Allen via Instagram, ostensibly so the 86-year-old author could promote his latest collection of humorous essays, but it’s mostly made the headlines for his technical malfunctions and for Baldwin yelling at someone off-screen in bad Spanish. He was also seen this fall at events at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where he holds Emeritus Chair status.