Rust Shooting Incident: Alec Baldwin Says His Contract Protects Him From Financial Liability

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Hollywood
actor
Alec
Baldwin
in
a
legal
filing
on
Friday,
has
said
that
his

Rust

film
contract
protects
him
from
financial
liability
in
the
fatal
shooting
of
the
film’s
cinematographer
Halyna
Hutchins
which
resulted
into
her
death
on
October
21
last
year.

For
the
unversed,
a
live
bullet
discharged
by
Baldwin
from
a
prop
gun
had
killed
Hutchins
on
the
sets
of

Rust

at
the
Bonanza
Creek
Ranch
near
Sante
Fe,
New
Mexico.

A
report
by
ANI
stated
that
a
filing
by
the

Rust

actor
and
producer’s
lawyer
Luke
Nikas
read,
“This
is
a
rare
instance
when
the
system
broke
down,
and
someone
should
be
held
legally
culpable
for
the
tragic
consequences.
That
person
is
not
Alec
Baldwin.”

In
the
arbitration
demand
filed
against
his
fellow
producers
on
the
film,
Baldwin
seeks
to
invoke
a
provision
in
his
contract
which
can
indemnify
him
in
all
current
and
future
lawsuits,
stated
a
report
by
ANI.

The
filing
also
reveals
an
effort
by
Baldwin
to
resume
filming
on

Rust

and
wrap
up
the
film,
to
in
part
contribute
to
a
settlement
for
the
Hutchins
family,
stated
the
ANI
report.

“At
this
point,
two
things
are
clear:
someone
is
culpable
for
chambering
the
live
round
that
led
to
this
horrific
tragedy,
and
it
is
someone
other
than
Baldwin.
Baldwin
is
an
actor,” the
filming
further
reads.

It
continues,
“He
didn’t
announce
that
the
gun
was
“cold”
when
it
really
contained
a
live
round;
he
didn’t
load
the
gun;
he
didn’t
check
the
bullets
in
the
gun;
he
didn’t
purchase
the
bullets;
he
didn’t
make
the
bullets
and
represent
that
they
were
dummies;
he
wasn’t
in
charge
of
firearm
safety
on
the
set;
he
didn’t
hire
the
people
who
supplied
the
bullets
or
checked
the
gun,
and
he
played
no
role
in
managing
the
movie’s
props.
Each
of
those
jobs
was
performed
by
someone
else.”

It
further
read,
“As
he
had
done
throughout
his
career,
Baldwin
trusted
the
other
professionals
on
the
set
to
do
their
jobs.”

Earlier
after
the
Hutchins
estate
had
filed
their
wrongful
death
suit,
Baldwin
and
other
Rust
producers
had
released
a
statement
stating
that
“Any
claim
that
Alec
was
reckless
is
entirely
false.”

Story first published: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 12:32 [IST]

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