The ongoing tragedy of a loss of life on the Rust set continues following a lawsuit targeted at Alec Baldwin. The actor has been transparent throughout the investigation.
While shooting the Western, Baldwin was handed a gun with what was assumed to be filled with blanks, however cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot when Baldwin pulled a live round while practising the scene.
Alec Baldwin faces a lawsuit over set shoot
Alec Baldwin isn't done with the tragedy that ensued on October 21, when a live round was loaded in a prop gun. Now, those at the scene, specifically a gaffer for the set, Serge Svetnoy, is suing Baldwin, as well as armorer Hannah Guiterrez-Reed for negligence.
Svetnoy claims that both parties mentioned in the lawsuitfailed to keep up with the industry standards for safety.
"Simply put," the statement reads, "There was no reason for a live bullet to be placed in that .45 Colt revolver or to be present anywhere on the Rust set, and the presence of a bullet in that revolver posed a lethal threat to everyone in its vicinity."
Svetnoy also claimed that he has received many calls from media outlets asking for a detailed account of what happened that day, and wrote a statement detailing his memory of what happened.
"Yes, I was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna during this fatal shot that took her life and injured the director Joel Souza," it read. "I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands. I want to tell my opinion on why this has happened. I think I have the right to do it."
He continued, "It's the fault of negligence and unprofessionalism. The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site did not do this; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on the site did not do this; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it."
According to others on set, there is no proof that there was any kind of negligence on set, as all parties involved went through multiple safety briefings, including the morning of the incident.