Rust script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, the first person to call 911 after Halyna Hutchins was accidentally shot by Alec Baldwin on the film’s set last month, is filing a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and other producer with high powered lawyer Gloria Allred as her attorney.
The suit names names nearly two dozen defendants associated with the film including Baldwin, Rust producers and production companies, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, First Assistant Director David Halls and others.
Mitchell was standing close to the Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins, when the Bullet from Baldwin’s gun fatally shot her and then Injured the Director of ‘Rust,’ and her attorney, Gloria Allred, filed a lawsuit which contains new allegations concerning what happened on the day of the tragic incident.
The suit alleges assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress and harm.
Mitchell previously told the Associated Press she was standing next to Hutchins when the cinematographer was hit.
“I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody,'” Mitchell said. “This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.”
Mamie Mitchell (left) and her attorney, Gloria Allred, announcing a lawsuit against producers of Rust including star Alec Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin is one of several producers named in the lawsuit and specifically called out by Allred
Director Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust
A sign directs people to the road that leads to the Bonanza Creek Ranch where the movie was being filmed
Allred alleged that live ammunition was brought to the set, that the assistant director improperly handed Baldwin the gun; Baldwin knew that the gun should’ve never been given to him and that he could not rely on any statement by the AD about whether or not the gun was safe to use.
‘I relive the shooting and sound of the explosion from the gun over and over again,’ Mitchell said, in tears recalling her memory of the incident.
‘Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of the firearm,’ Allred said. ‘Mr. Baldwin chose to play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun without checking it and without having the armorer do so.’
The attorney added that Baldwin should have assumed the gun was loaded until it was checked that it was not loaded.
Allred said last month that her client has evidence which will be ‘helpful in this investigation’ and has been interviewed by law enforcement and that even if the assistant director told him the gun was fine, he should not have used it based on that advice.
The cast and crew of Rust posing for a photo together just days before the shooting
Bonanza Creek Ranch was the setting for the film
Baldwin, seen in the woods near his Vermont property on November 1
‘We are conducting our own investigation of what happened because there are many unanswered questions,’ Allred said at the time. ‘Mamie has been interviewed by the Sheriff’s Department. She has information and evidence which she believes will be helpful in this investigation.
The lawsuit claimed that the actions that led to the shooting ‘do not constitute simple negligence’ by the producers and Baldwin.
She also accuses Baldwin of being careless and ignoring industry norms by not checking the gun; and that Baldwin ignored safety protocols.
All guns and ammunition are supposed to be secured throughout the production and the armorer is supposed to stay around all guns; instead, Allred said, ammunition and guns were left unattended by the armorer.
In a statement, Allred said Mitchell was standing near Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza when they were shot and immediately ran out of the church.
‘Halyna was a friend and close colleague of Mamie,’ Allred said in a statement late last month. ‘She is devastated by the loss of her friend who was an extraordinary woman. Mamie recently attended the vigil for Halyna and her heart goes out to Halyna’s husband and son to whom she has spoken.’
Allred said her client as ‘traumatized’ and said they are conducting their own investigation into what happened.