Crew Member Suing Alec Baldwin Drops Potential Game-Changing Claim About The Gun


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The situation for Alec Baldwin continues to get worse by the day.

Serge Svetnoy, the key gaffer for “Rust,” is suing Baldwin and others involved with the movie following the tragic killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Svetnoy alleges in his lawsuit that the scene that Baldwin was shooting on that fateful day did not require him to “fire” the weapon.

“Svetnoy’s general-negligence complaint, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, names the producers, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, first assistant director Dave Halls, property master Sarah Zachry and weapons provider Seth Kenney as defendants. The suit was filed in Los Angeles because Svetnoy and at least one of the producers live in L.A.,” the Los Angeles Times reported.


“The bullet fired by Baldwin from a .45 Colt revolver ‘narrowly missed him,’ according to Svetnoy’s suit. He was ‘no more than six to seven feet’ from Baldwin when the gun went off ‘suddenly and completely unexpectedly,’ the suit said, adding that Svetnoy ‘felt a strange and terrifying whoosh of what felt like pressurized air.’ He was struck by “discharge materials from the blast,’ the complaint said,” the report added.

TMZ reported:

The key gaffer on “Rust” is now taking legal action against Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, and Dave Halls … suing them over the fatal shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins.


Serge Svetnoy just filed suit against the above-mentioned individuals — as well as others — claiming the defendants’ alleged negligence caused him severe emotional distress in the aftermath of it all.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Svetnoy claims the bullet that struck both Hutchins and director Joel Souza actually zoomed by and nearly hit him too. Not just that, but the gaffer claims he was one of the first people on hand to tend to Halyna while she was profusely bleeding … attempting to comfort her and keep her conscious.

As for why he’s suing Baldwin, the suit claims he “owed a duty to the Plaintiff and other crew members and actors on the ‘Rust’ set to handle the Colt Revolver provided to him by defendant Halls with reasonable care and diligence for the safety of ‘Rust’ cast and crew.” It goes on to say, “This duty called for Defendant Baldwin to double-check the Colt Revolver with Halls upon being handled to ensure that it did not contain live ammunition.”


And, it goes on … “This duty further called for him [Baldwin] to handle the Colt Revolver as if it was loaded and to refrain from pointing it at anyone.” In other words, the suit claims negligence on Baldwin’s part.

And, there’s this … according to the lawsuit, the scene Baldwin was rehearsing did not call for him to pull the trigger. According to the lawsuit, the scene called for Baldwin to draw the gun and point it in the general direction of the camera, but, “the scene did not call for Defendant Baldwin to shoot the Colt Revolver.”

“I still cannot believe that she is no longer with us,” Svetnoy said during a news conference at a Beverly Hills hotel. “What a tragedy and injustice when a person loses her life on film set while making art.”

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