(Reuters) – A crew member who witnessed the fatal shooting on the "Rust" film set last month filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against actor Alec Baldwin and the film's producers.
Serge Svetnoy, chief electrician at the set. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, accused the producers and others of failing to implement safety standards and of allowing "a revolver loaded with sharp ammunition to be aimed at living people on the Rust set," according to the Los Angeles civil lawsuit.
Mr. Svetnoy's lawsuit is believed to be the first to be filed in the unintentional shooting death of Mr. Baldwin in October. Authorities in Santa Fe are still investigating, and no criminal charges have been brought against anyone. Baldwin had been told it was safely fired. a living bullet, investigators have said. Other live shows have also been found on the set.
"Filmmaking is a wonderful art, but no one should ever die for other people to be entertained," said Mr. Svetnoy's lawyer, Gary Dordick, at a press conference. [1
Mr. Svetnoy was one of a handful of people at the filming location when the fatal shooting occurred. He said at the trial that he was holding Mrs. Hutchins in his arms as she bled from being shot in the chest, adding that it would "haunt him forever." weapons, and assistant director Dave Halls, who told investigators he was the one who gave Baldwin the gun during a rehearsal.
Representatives of Mr Baldwin, who was also one of the producers, Mr. Halls, Ms. Gutierrez and the other producers did not immediately return requests for comment on Wednesday. The manufacturers have previously said that they are conducting their own internal investigation and that they did not become aware of any complaints regarding gun safety at the filming location before the incident.
Mr. Dordick said that Svetnoy, who is seeking unspecified damages, was not looking to make money at the trial but to ensure better working and safety conditions on film sets in the future.
"Mr. Svetnoy is not motivated by money. … This trial is to get this kind of insecure situation that happens too much on film sets to end now, said Mr. Dordick.