Baldwin Sues To Clear Name In Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting

Attorneys for actor Alec Baldwin's attorneys say they are trying to "clear his name" by suing people involved in handling and supplying the gun their client held when it fired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie "Rust" in October 2021.
Alec Baldwin

At a glance

  • Baldwin filed a cross-complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against several of the same people named in script supervisor Mamie Mitchell’s civil suit over the shooting.
  • Baldwin’s case seeks a share of any damages Mitchell may win from the people he also names.
  • Mitchell, who was standing behind Hutchins when she was fatally wounded, also sued Baldwin, the production company and others for assault and negligence.
  • Baldwin has insisted that he did not pull the gun’s trigger, but a recent FBI report determined that the firearm could not have gone off without the trigger being pulled.
  • “More than anyone else on that set, Baldwin has been wrongfully viewed as the perpetrator of this tragedy. By these cross-claims, Baldwin seeks to clear his name,” Baldwin’s lawsuit stated.
  • Prosecutors are still reviewing whether criminal charges will be filed in connection to the shooting.

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