Alec Baldwin faces new lawsuit over Rust film

The family of a cinematographer who was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of a movie has filed a new civil suit against the actor and producers involved in the film, the BBC reports.

Halyna Hutchins died on the set of Rust in New Mexico after Mr Baldwin allegedly fired a prop gun.

Mr Baldwin, 64, was charged with involuntary manslaughter last month.

The family has been “devastated by the shocking killing” of Ms Hutchins, their attorney Gloria Allred said.

The suit, which alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence, is being brought in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Ms Hutchins’ mother, father and sister, who are living in Ukraine, Ms Allred said during a news conference on Thursday.

The family “feels strongly that anyone who is responsible for her loss must be held accountable”, she said.

Ms Hutchins’ husband filed a lawsuit against Mr Baldwin and other members of the film production last February.

The lawsuit – which sought punitive damages, funeral and other expenses, alleging “reckless behaviour and cost-cutting” on set led to her death – was settled for an undisclosed amount last October.

The new lawsuit filed on Thursday is aimed at providing “accountability and justice” not only for Ms Hutchins’ husband and son, but her parents and sister as well, Ms Allred said.

Ms Hutchins, who is Ukrainian, died in hospital after she was shot in the chest by a prop gun allegedly fired by Mr Baldwin during a rehearsal at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.

Last month, prosecutors alleged Mr Baldwin had been distracted while speaking to family members on his mobile phone during firearms training. They argued Mr Baldwin failed to perform mandatory safety checks with armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed – who was also charged with involuntary manslaughter – and that he should not have pointed the gun at Ms Hutchins’ face, according to documents filed by the Santa Fe’s District Attorney’s Office.

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