UPDATE: This story previously stated that the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office would hold a second press conference this week. That was a mistake on our part, we apologize for the mistake. Deadline has confirmed that Matthew Hutchins, husband of the late Rust DP Halyna Hutchins, has hired LA-based Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi, which specializes in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, with partner Brian Panish as lead counsel .
A company representative would not comment on Matthew Hutchins’ legal plans against the production, but it would not be shocking if an unlawful death lawsuit were filed.
Halyna Hutchins was shot dead by a propeller pistol fired by Alec Baldwin at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Rust on October 21, outside of Santa Fe, NM. In addition to her husband, Hutchins also leaves her 9-year-old son Andros.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate how a live round ended up in a so-called “cold gun” that the film’s first assistant director, David Halls, gave it to Baldwin for a quick-drawing scene. In addition to Halyna Hutchins, the film’s director Joel Souza was also injured.
At the center of the investigations by the authorities are Halls and the armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. Their attorneys at NBC’s Today suggested that a disgruntled crew member on the set of Rust may have put a sharp bullet into the box of dummies, ultimately leading to the death of Halyna Hutchins. Gutierrez-Reed claimed through her lawyers last week that she doesn’t know how the live round ended up on the set.
Camera is the deadliest job in Hollywood: The death of “Rust” camerawoman Halyna Hutchins puts the safety of camera teams in the spotlight
According to Reuters, Matthew Hutchins is a lawyer working in corporate law at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.
Last week, Deadline reported that the Rust EP had issued a statement to Allen Cheney saying that he, along with Emily Salveson and her Streamline Global finance firm, “received executive producer recognition for the film Rust, which is not attending physical and daily production is involved ”. which is “in line with financing partners for productions of all sizes”.
He added: “The six recognized producers of the independent film Rust, Ryan Smith, Alec Baldwin, Nathan Klingher, Ryan Winterstern, Matt DelPiano and Anjul Nigam, have combined more than 35 years of experience producing small to medium-sized film and television productions Projects. “
Alec Baldwin posts a “Rust” crew member’s claim that the unsafe set allegations are “Bullsh * t”
According to sources, Ryan Donnell Smith is said to have a stake in Rust and to have hired 3rd Shift Media, an Atlanta-based production services company, as the daily producer. Sources also reported to Deadline that 3rd Shift Media was involved in the hiring of Halls and the gunsmith Gutierrez-Reed. 3rd Shift Media staff also provided production services, including Gabrielle Pickle, Rust’s production manager, and UPM Row Walters.
On Tuesday, Baldwin published a Facebook post from Rust costume designer Terese Magpale Davis, who praised the producers, vouched for the safety of the production and cast shadows on the cameramen who stopped and left filming because of their dissatisfaction with hotel accommodations. After Halyna Hutchins ‘death, Rust’s crew members, as well as those who turned down jobs on the set, spoke out about the production’s alleged lack of security, making Davis’ voice an anomaly in the choir out there.
TMZ was the first to cover the firm news.
“Rust” Armorer’s lawyers say the fatal bullet may have been the result of “sabotage” on the set
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