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Family of slain cinematographer sues Alec Baldwin, ‘Rust’ company

By Cheri Mossburg

The parents and sister of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was shot and killed during a rehearsal on the ‘Rust’ film set in 2021 are suing actor Alec Baldwin, the movie’s production company and others over her death.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges the defendants caused intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and loss of consortium in Hutchins’ untimely death, attorney Gloria Allred announced in a news conference.

Hutchins’ parents and sister live in Ukraine and are struggling to cope with the tragedy while living “in the midst of Putin’s war,” Allred said. Hutchins’ mother is a nurse, treating soldiers in a hospital near Kiev, and her brother-in-law is a soldier fighting in the war.

CNN is seeking comment from Baldwin and the film’s production company.

An attorney for on-set armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was also named in the suit, had no comment.

Last fall, a settlement was reached between Baldwin and the production company and Matthew Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’ widower. Allred said this lawsuit is necessary because these family members also deserve accountability and justice, and claims that Baldwin and the film production team have not reached out these family members.

“They haven’t heard from Alec Baldwin — the man with the gun,” Allred said, “the gun that ended the life of their daughter.”

Baldwin and movie set armorer Gutierrez Reed are also facing criminal charges related to the shooting. David Halls, also named in the suit, has reached a plea agreement with the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office.

“What we seek is an acknowledgement of what was taken — the loving relationship,” said Allred. “Whatever happens with the criminal case, we are pursuing this civil lawsuit for them to win justice.”

Allred added: “There’s no real justice when someone’s been killed.”

“Justice is in finding the truth,” added co-counsel John Carpenter.

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