Halyna Hutchins lawyers release animated video showing how Alec Baldwin fatally shot her
On February 15, Hutchins' family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin
An animated video has been released of the incident where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on the sets of 'Rust' after Hutchins's family sued Alec Baldwin over accidental shooting. Halyna was fatally shot by an accidental discharge from a prop firearm that Alec Baldwin had been operating on the sets of the movie.
Halyna's family has sued Alec Baldwin over claims of 'reckless death.' The suit claims that the holder of the firearm and other defendants involved in the incident had 'failed to perform industry-standard checks.' In the 3D re-enactment video of the incident, Alec Baldwin is seen holding the prop firearm and pulling the trigger, barely seconds after which cinematographer Halyna collapses on the ground. The other members of the crew are seen rushing to help her right after.
The video also highlighted texts and emails that had been exchanged before the incident where the safety standards of the set were being questioned. Lawyers who are handling the case on behalf of Halyna's husband Matthew, have deemed the death as 'senseless.' “It never should have happened. He lost his long-term wife who was the love of his life, and his son lost a mother,” Lawyer Brian Panish said on a Tuesday press briefing of the incident.
“In New Mexico, we’re used to people coming in from out of town to play cowboy who don’t know how to use guns. You don’t hand somebody a gun until you’ve given them safety training… No one should ever die with a real gun on a make-believe movie set,” Randi McGinn, attorney of Hutchins's estate also commented.
Lawyers were able to provide a total of 15 safety violations that had allegedly been made on set. "Halyna Hutchins deserved to live," the lawsuit states. The Defendants had the power to prevent her death if they had only held sacrosanct their duty to protect the safety of every individual on a set where firearms were present instead of cutting corners on safety procedures where human lives were at stake, rushing to stay on schedule and ignoring numerous complaints of safety violation," the lawsuit for Halyna Hutchins states.
The director-writer of the movie, Joel Souza, had also been injured in the incident.
"Industry standards required Mr. Baldwin to be trained and qualified in the safe handling and proper firing procedures before accepting the revolver," family attorney Kristina Martinez said at a press conference on Tuesday. Martinez claimed the actor "refused weapons training on the set," saying: "The first rule for safety with firearms at a production set required Mr. Baldwin to treat all firearms as if they were loaded and refrain from pointing a firearm.
"The industry standard required Mr. Baldwin to remember that any person or object of which he points a firearm could be destroyed. Mr. Baldwin, aimed the revolver at his cast and crew within a dangerous distance. The cast and crew were only four feet away from Mr. Baldwin's weapon," Martinez added.