The deeply polarizing actor Alec Baldwin has decided the best way to “clear his name” is through a contentious one.
Baldwin was embroiled in controversy over the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
She was shot dead by a prop cannon loaded with live ammunition on the set of the western film Rust in 2021.
With Baldwin bearing the brunt of the legal backlash, he’s now going on the offensive, suing those involved in handling and delivering the loaded gun he used during the tragic accident, according to a countersuit by The Associated Press.
Baldwin’s countersuit noted that he “has suffered physically and emotionally from the grief caused by these events.”
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For those unfamiliar with it, a counterclaim is, in broad terms, comparable to a counterclaim or counterclaim. The distinction depends on against whom these legal actions are directed.
According to CNN, Baldwin is suing gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, assistant director David Halls, assistant gunsmith Seth Kenney, the guns and ammo supply company that Kenney owns, and props master Sarah Zachry.
“More than anyone on this set, Baldwin was misconstrued as the perpetrator of this tragedy. Through these counterclaims, Baldwin is attempting to clear his name,” the lawsuit reads, according to the AP.
Baldwin has said on numerous occasions that neither he nor Hutchins knew the props were loaded with live ammunition.
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The lawsuit reflects that sentiment, claiming that there should never have been live ammunition on set in the first place.
“This tragedy occurred on a film set — not on a shooting range, not on a battlefield, not in any place where there should be even the remotest possibility that a gun would contain live ammunition,” the lawsuit states.
The incident in question, which occurred on October 21, 2021, has created a whirlwind of controversy for the actor and everyone involved in Rust.
Following the tragic accident, Baldwin filed legal documents in March claiming he was not responsible for what happened.
Allegations in the March lawsuit included that Baldwin’s contract with Rust barred him from legal action and that Hutchins was the one who instructed Baldwin where to aim when the fatal incident occurred.
In August, Baldwin bizarrely attempted to make the dubious claim that former President Donald Trump was the real threat and danger to the people, not his alleged firearm abuse.
In October, Baldwin announced a settlement with the Hutchins family over their civil wrongful death suit.
“We are pleased to announce today the settlement of the civil lawsuit filed on behalf of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ family. Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained an expressed desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We are grateful to everyone who helped resolve this tragic and painful situation,” Baldwin wrote on Instagram to announce the settlement.
It was also in late October when Baldwin commemorated Hutchin’s death with a poorly received Instagram post that simply read, “One year ago today…”
This is a legal case that is still developing as prosecutors are still determining whether charges will be filed.
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