The family of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has filed a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin.
Baldwin has been criminally charged in connection to the 2021 on-set shooting of Hutchins.
Baldwin’s attorney has said the charges against him represent “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”
Alec Baldwin never reached out to apologize to the family of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins — who was accidentally shot dead by Baldwin on the New Mexico set of the movie — the family’s attorney alleged on Thursday.
“There has been no outreach from Mr. Baldwin to even say he was sorry” for Hutchins’ death, attorney Gloria Allred told reporters as she announced that Hutchins’ parents and sister have filed a new lawsuit in California against the Oscar-nominated actor.
Mother Olga Solovey, father Anatolii Androsovych, and sister Svetlana Zemko, who are based in Ukraine, are suing Baldwin, the production company behind “Rust,” and other defendants, alleging battery, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
The final complaint relates to the loss of love and support from a family member. Some states only allow spouses or partners to claim loss of consortium, but New Mexico — where Hutchins was killed — isn’t as strict. Allred said that when Hutchins was alive, she would often send money back to her family in Ukraine, and had she survived, would have insisted they immigrate to the US permanently to escape the war in her home country.
“In addition to this tragedy they have to try to cope with that loss while living in Ukraine in the midst of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war,” Allred said.
Allred said that Hutchins’ mother is serving as an emergency room nurse, tending to those who have been hurt in battle, and that the husband of Hutchins’ sister has been fighting in the war.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks an undisclosed amount in damages for Hutchins’ family.
Hutchins, said Allred, was the “light of in their lives.”
During the press conference, Allred played a video message from Hutchins’ mother and sister.
“To lose my sister, at least personally for me, was a horrible experience and it is one of the biggest losses of my life,” Hutchins’ sister said. “And even more devastating is to see the utter suffering of our parents and how their health has sharply declined.”
“It is for this reason that I would like those who are at fault, for somebody to carry that responsibility,” she added. “And not just someone but that very someone who is truly responsible for this. I believe to let this go and leave this unpunished is unallowable.”
Allred said Hutchins’ mother wanted to speak in the video but was “so overwhelmed with grief” that she broke down in tears every time she tried to talk.
The filing of the suit comes after Baldwin and the armorer for “Rust” were criminally charged with involuntary manslaughter last month in connection to the October 2021 shooting of 42-year-old Hutchins, a mother of one.
Baldwin was rehearsing a scene on the Santa Fe, New Mexico, set of the Western movie, which he is starring in and producing, when a Colt .45 revolver he was holding fired, fatally striking Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.
Prosecutors alleged that Baldwin “acted with reckless disregard and/or more than mere negligence in this incident.”
Baldwin attorney Luke Nikas previously told Insider that the decision by New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies to bring charges against his client “distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice.”
Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin and other crew members in February 2022, alleging that the “Rust” producers cut corners on safety procedures and that Baldwin “recklessly shot and killed” Hutchins.
In October 2022, it was announced that the production company behind “Rust” and the husband reached an undisclosed settlement in the wrongful death suit. Matthew Hutchins announced at the time that he will serve as an executive producer for the movie.
Baldwin’s settlement with Matthew Hutchins is “totally separate” from the lawsuit filed by Hutchins’ parents and sister, Allred said.
An attorney for Rust Movie Productions told Insider last month the film is still on track to be completed and that Matthew Hutchins will still be an executive producer on the project.
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