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‘Rust’ lighting technician sues Alec Baldwin

12:29, 11 November 2021
‘Rust’ lighting technician sues Alec Baldwin Photo: Dennis Van Tine/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

The main lightning technician Sergey Svetnoy of the “Rust” movie filed a lawsuit against the actor Alec Baldwin over armor negligence on the movie site.


In Late October Baldwin shot 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured film director Joel Souza.

Svetnoy said that the incident shocked him greatly as he almost fell under that fatal bullet.

Apart from Baldwin, nearly two dozen defendants are sued in the Svetnoy lawsuit. Among them, in particular, assistant director David Halls, who gave the actor a loaded pistol, as well as Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of the shooting of the weapon.

“Baldwin owed a duty to me 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,” the suit states. 

Baldwin was supposed to draw the gun and point it in the direction of the camera without pulling the trigger during the rehearsal, according to the lawsuit.

Svetnoy also believes that Baldwin as a producer of that movie was responsible for hiring a qualified crew to safely handle the firearms.

According to police records, the gun was held before the shooting by Baldwin, executing the main role, assistant director David Halls, and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for whom “Rust” was the second movie in that capacity.

Halls states that he could not remember how thoroughly he examined the gun before giving it to Baldwin but admits he should have done it meticulously.

Recently another crew member of the “Rust” movie Jason MIller was hospitalized after he was bitten by a brown recluse spider - a venomous spider that is native to North America.