Late Cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins’s husband, Matthew Hutchins, has reportedly hired lawyers ‘to file wrongful death lawsuit’
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was mistakenly and fatally shot by actor Alec Baldwin while they were filming a scene for Western movie Rust in New Mexico.
She was killed and director Joel Souza injured after the actor fired a weapon he was allegedly told was a “cold gun” during rehearsal last month.
Now, Halyna’s husband Matthew is said to be readying himself to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to TMZ, he has hired a Los Angeles-based firm and sources told the outlet that there will be multiple defendants in the suit which will be filed on behalf of himself and the couple’s nine-year-old son Andros.
The firm’s website states that its attorneys specialise in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
While no charges have been announced by the Santa Fe County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department, they continue to investigate Halyna’s death and say all options are still on the table.
The Office says they believe a live round was loaded into the gun that killed her on October 21.
Meanwhile, lawyers for the armorer in charge of weapons on the set are reportedly investigating whether an individual put a live bullet in a box of dummy rounds with the purpose of “sabotaging the set”.
Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence – the attorneys for armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed – told Today they are going to investigate the events as they look to discover if the bullet was put in the dummy box on purpose.
Bowles told Today : “I believe that somebody who would do that would want to sabotage the set, want to prove point, want to say that they’re disgruntled, they’re unhappy.
“And we know that people had walked off the set the day before.”
Assistant Director David Halls was reportedly the last person to touch the gun before handing it to Alec Baldwin.
The latest news comes a day after Baldwin shared a post from a crew member denying there were safety concerns on the film set.
Costume designer Terese Magpale Davis, who said she worked on the film, took to social media to refute the claims, saying: “the story being spun of us being overworked and surrounded by unsafe, chaotic conditions is bulls**t.”
The lengthy post was then re-shared by the actor, Alec Baldwin on his personal Instagram account along with the caption “read this”