Alec Baldwin and other filmmakers face a new trial of Western’s fatal shooting in New Mexico last month.
The film’s screenwriter, Mamie Mitchell, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming the screenplay had never required the actor to shoot a shot that killed photographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
“Alec Baldwin, intentionally, without a legitimate reason or excuse, tuned in and fired a loaded gun, even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not require the firearm to be tuned and fired,” Mitchell’s complaint said.
“Mr Baldwin decided to play Russian roulette with a loaded weapon without checking it and without the role of an armored man. His and the producers’ conduct was intentional and / or negligent without a legitimate cause or excuse and regardless of the consequences,” the complaint continued.
According to the lawsuit, Mitchell was standing less than 4 feet from Baldwin as he fired a gun. As a result, he has “suffered severe physical trauma and shock and injury” and “extreme mental, physical, and nervous pain and suffering.”
Other defendants listed in Mitchell’s lawsuit include armor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, assistant director David Halls, and several production companies.
The lawsuit was filed a week after the film’s lighting manager, Serge Svetnoy, sued Baldwin and others for negligence that caused him “serious emotional distress” that would haunt him forever.
Crew lawyers have suggested that someone may have sabotaged the film setting. Jason Bowles, Reed’s attorney, said this month, “I think someone who would do that would want to sabotage the series, wants to prove it, wants to say they’re unhappy and unhappy.”
Santa Fe County prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies, a prosecutor investigating the shooting, has rejected conspiracy theories but said she understood more than one direct shot had been found at the scene. He has not revealed the exact amount.