Alec Baldwin and Rusty Producers are trying to close the case by a crew member for the shooting

Updated, 4:14 PM: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that Mammy Mitchell, the screenwriter who stood next to cinematographer Halina Hutchins, was shot dead by a prop gun shot by actor Alec Baldwin. Rust The film set may demand punitive compensation from some producers who tried to be harmed.

Judge Michael Whitaker heard arguments Thursday and ruled in favor of Mitchell and the defendants against Rust Movie Production LLC, Thomasville Pictures LLC, Ryan Smith and Langley Cheney.

“For the purpose of the appeal, the court found in the first amended complaint that the information contained sufficient information to establish a hateful conduct by removing the accused with intentional and conscious negligence towards the rights or protection of others,” the judge wrote.

Whitaker also noted that Mitchell’s lawyers allege that the four defendants “deliberately adopted a low-budget and cost-cutting plan known to create unsafe conditions for movie production crews that resulted in defendants failing to ensure basic safety protocols related to hazards. Use of firearms.” . “

In their court papers, Mitchell’s attorneys allege that the producers “deliberately failed to hire experienced crew members to handle and operate the numerous weapons used in the film.”

Read more details of the case below.

Previously, January 24: After more than two months, the script supervisor is on Rust Indie Western has filed a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and other producers for the fatal shooting of actor Halina Hutchinson’s actor on the New Mexico set, the defendants want the California judge to dismiss the move.

“Nothing about the plaintiff’s allegation implies that any defendant, including Mr. Baldwin, intended to load the prop song with live ammunition,” Baldwin, Rust Movie Productions, LLC, El Dorado Pictures, Inc., Ryan Donnell Smith, Langley, Langley said. , LLC, Anzul Nigam, Matthew Delpiano and Cavalry Media, Inc., who were “incorrectly sued as Calvary Media, Inc.” Filed in response to Mammy Mitchell’s November 17, 2021 lawsuit. “Also, nothing about the plaintiff’s allegation implies that any of the defendants knew that the prop song contained live ammunition,” the defendants’ memorandum added to their dimmer on Monday (read it here).

“Of course the absence of such allegations is understandable because the incident is apparently unprecedented in the filmmaking industry,” the document adds, apparently ignoring past film set casualties such as the 1994 shooting death of Brandon Lee. The crow. “Since all three of the plaintiff’s motives are based on allegations of negligence in the workplace accident, they should be dismissed because its exclusive remedy is the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act, not a civil action lawsuit filed in California state court,” the filing added.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office is investigating what went wrong Rust Set for Oct. 21 last year, Baldwin and his co-producers, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP, will be arraigned Feb. 24 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. He is requesting a hearing to toss Mitchell’s case before Whitaker

Mitchell, it may be added, is represented by Gloria Allred, who was not known for retreating from the fight. In fact, the allegation that Allred placed in the LASC docket last fall seemed to be exactly what a fight was looking for.

“Alec Baldwin should have assumed that the gun in question was loaded unless and until it was shown to him or checked by him that it was not loaded,” Mitchell and Allred echoed at a press conference shortly after filing the filing. . The suit “had no right to rely on some of his assistant director’s alleged statements that it was a ‘cold gun’,” the broader, harder-looking allegation, citing assistant director David Halls.

“Mr. Baldwin can’t hide behind the assistant director trying to make an excuse that he didn’t test the gun himself,” continues the filing of Mitchell, who was actually at a church location on Bonanza Creek Ranch when Baldwin’s “quick draw” during the rehearsal killed Hutchins. And injures director Joel Suja.

He has not properly tested the weapon before giving it to actor Halls since the confession. Rust The gunman, Hannah Guterres Reid, was at the center of the sheriff’s investigation. Guterres Reid launched his own legal action earlier this month against the film’s so-called Armor / Mentor Seth Kenny and his Albuquerque-based company PDQ Arm & Props, as his lawyers raised the issue of safety and sabotage in troubled production. .

Police and de facto Santa Fe DA have not arrested or charged anyone, even after some scuffles with media-gossip Baldwin on his cell phone. Rust Shooting

Throwing some Hell Mary against Mitchell’s allegations of assault, the intentional tendency to mental anguish, and in the face of other lawsuits, Rust producers are still pursuing an internal investigation that they announced on October 22, 2021. That review may be nearing completion I hear, but still nothing formal.

Eric Pedersen and City News Service contributed to this report.

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