Halyna Hutchins family sue Alec Baldwin, release animated recreation of shooting
Lawyers for the family of Hakyna Hutchins, the cinematographer shot and killed by actor Alec Baldwin while filming on the set of “Rust,” have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the actor.
The family has also released a chilling animated video, which they say approximates what occurred during the Oct. 21, 2021 fatal shooting.
“There are many people culpable, but Mr. Baldwin was the person holding the weapon … that but for him shooting, she would not have died,” Hutchins family lawyer Brian Panish said at a press conference in Los Angeles.
Another attorney for Hutchins family said the case could go to trial within two years, and that the video would help jurors understand the complexities of the case.
The video shows Baldwin wearing the single-action revolver in a shoulder holster under his left arm. He allegedly refused training on how to draw the weapon from this concealed holster.
Also named in the lawsuit are David Halls, the assistant director who handed Baldwin the live weapon, and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s armorer.
It should be noted that the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has not yet finished its criminal investigation into the killing.
Baldwin has said he was told the revolver was “cold,” and that the weapon was loaded with dummy rounds. However, it is clear the weapon contained at least one live round.
Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” cofounded Armed American News. Lee is also the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, and serves on the board of Florida Carry, Inc. Until recently, he was an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.