Actor Alec Baldwin and the producers of ‘Rust’ have asked a California judge to dismiss a screenplay supervisor’s lawsuit, Deadline.com reported.
“Rust” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell filed a lawsuit against Baldwin and the film producers in November in connection with the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchinson on set.
“Nothing in Plaintiff’s allegations suggests that any of the Defendants, including Mr. Baldwin, intended the Prop Gun to be loaded with live ammunition,” the Defendants said. said in their motion to reject. “Furthermore, nothing in Plaintiff’s allegations suggests that any of the Defendants knew that the Prop Gun contained live ammunition.”
Lawyers for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who represent Baldwin and the film’s producers, have requested a hearing next month before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Whitaker to dismiss Mitchell’s case.
Lawyers for the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who is at the center of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office investigation into the incident, have suggested the prop gun may have been tampered with, noting that the film set had other safety and labor issues.
Earlier this month, Gutierrez Reed filed a lawsuit against self-styled gunsmith/movie mentor Seth Kenney and his company, PDQ Arm and Prop, Deadline.com noted.