Alec Baldwin is claiming that his contract for the Rust production makes him untouchable.
The 63-year-old actor was recently named in a wrongful death lawsuit after one of the crew was shot and killed on the set of Rust.
According to his lawyers, the deal within his contract protects him from any financial responsibilities that could have taken place during and after the production of the film — more so in this case, the death of Halyna Hutchins. The contract allegedly even states that any legal fees must be covered by the production.
Baldwin also claims that Hutchins actually showed him the way in which to position the gun that tragically killed her, “She directed Baldwin to hold the gun higher, to a point where it was directed toward her. She was looking carefully at the monitor and then at Baldwin, and then back again, as she gave these instructions.”
Continuing in their arbitration claim, Alec‘s lawyers say, “In giving and following these instructions, Hutchins and Baldwin shared a core, vital belief: that the gun was ‘cold’ and contained no live rounds.”
In the legal documentation filed by his lawyers, Baldwin shared an interaction with Hutchins‘ husband, Matthew, after the shooting and they alleged that when hugging, Halyna‘s husband said to Alec, “I guess we’re going to go through this together.”
In the production of Rust, the veteran actor is named as an Executive Producer and according to his lawyers, his contract makes him untouchable. Baldwin and many others are being sued by Matthew Hutchins and his son for the wrongful death of Halyna.