After the shooting of Halyna Hutchins, the Rust head electrician held her in his arms. He then sued Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for causing severe emotional distress. 

Serge Svetnoy sued the crew members and others who are not named. He claimed that the shooting was caused by their negligence and placed him in emotional turmoil.

According to TMZ, Svetnoy claimed that the bullet nearly struck Hutchins (42), and director Joel Souza (48) was killed. 

He claimed that Halyna’s bleeding was so severe that she needed to be treated immediately and that he tried his best to keep her awake. 

Baldwin told TMZ that he was suing Baldwin for failing to fulfill a duty to plaintiff and the other cast members on “Rust”, to use the Colt Revolver given to him by Defendant HALS with reasonable care to ensure safety of the “Rust”, cast and crew.

Head electrician on the Rust movie set Serge Svetnoy (left), who held dying Halyna Hutchins (right) in his arms has sued Alec Baldwin, rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director Dave Halls over 'severe emotional distress' after the fatal shooting

Serge Svetnoy was the Rust movie sets’ head electrician. He held Halyna Hutchins, who had just died, in his arms. After the tragic shooting, Alec Baldwin sued Hannah Gutierrez Rice and Dave Halls for causing’severe emotion distress.

Svetnoy sued Alec Baldwin, 63, for his negligence as an actor and as a producer of the movie, claiming that 'the scene did not call for Defendant Baldwin to shoot the Colt Revolver'

Alec Baldwin (63) was sued by Svetnoy for negligence as an actor as well as as producer. The movie’s director claimed that “the scene did NOT call for Defendant Baldwin’s to shoot the Colt Revolver”.

The gun Baldwin used to shoot Hutchins supplied by the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (pictured), 24

Rust assistant director David Halls (pictured) is also being sued and told Baldwin that the gun was cold

A veteran crew member filed suit against Hannah Gutierrez Rice (left) as well as David Hall, the assistant director for the film (right), who claimed the gun was not cold.

Svetnoy said in an emotional Facebook post that he and Hutchins were friends and had worked on a number of films before

In a Facebook emotional post, Svetnoy stated that Hutchins and he were good friends who had previously worked together on many films.

In court documents, he said that Baldwin had to check the Colt Revolver’s contents with Halls every time it was touched to verify there wasn’t live ammonization.

Svetnoy continued by claiming that Baldwin had another obligation to “refrain” from pointing the gun at anybody if he knew it was loaded with real ammunition.

A shocking revelation was made by the lawsuit that Baldwin wasn’t required to trigger the weapon during the scene he was performing. Actor was supposed to take out the gun, and then point it towards the camera.

The document said that Baldwin was not required to film the Colt Revolver because of the scene.

Svetnoy alleged that he was negligent as an actor, but he also claimed negligence as a producer. 

He stated that they tried to cut costs by not hiring enough crew members to handle firearms and props safely.

According to TMZ, the suit claims that other failures were made on the set including violating ‘industry standards, declining requests to weapons training days and failing to allow adequate time for gunfire, failing send safety bulletins to the right people, and failing to distribute safety bulletins to the correct personnel’.

Svetnoy asked for damages as well as a trial before a juror. He also called the practice of targeting victims prior to the accident “outrageous”.

Svetnoy shared the final photo of Halyna Hutchins (pictured holding the camera) on set in the church just moments before she was shot dead

Svetnoy shared the last photo of Halyna (pictured with the camera holding it) just seconds before she was killed.

Hutchins' October 19, 2021 Instagram post showed cast members and staffers, including Baldwin alongside Hutchins herself and armorer Gutierrez-Reed (circled left to right) on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hutchins’ Instagram posting of October 19, 2021 showed cast members and employees, including Baldwin, along with Hutchins and her armorer Gutierrez­Reed. (circled right to left)

Authorities have been scouring the set of the film as they investigate how a live round came to be in the firearm

As they try to determine how an actual live round ended up in the firearm, authorities have begun searching the location of the film.

According to the head electrician, he stood next Hutchins during rehearsals. Baldwin was practicing drawing the weapon inside the pew when it was accidentally fired.

Hutchins said he had been friends for five years with him and that they were good friends after having shared the final picture of Hutchins, the cinematographer filming at the church where Hutchins died.

Svetnoy shared the image to Facebook and captioned it: ‘This was the last photo of Halyna set.

Photograph taken that day shows Hutchins and Baldwin holding cameras. Baldwin, meanwhile, is surrounded in costume by crew members.

Svetnoy described in an emotional Facebook tribute the moment when he held his friend while she was dying. 

Joel Souza, her director, was also shot in the chest. She stumbled back, before she collapsed, saying that she couldn’t feel her legs.

Svetnoy blamed Hutchins’ death also on “negligence” and unprofessionalism. He also blasted people who didn’t do their job properly, and said producers had hired an inexperienced armourer.

He stated that he was shoulder-to-shoulder in this tragic shooting which claimed Halyna’s life, and also injured Joel Souza. As she died, I was holding her hand. My hands were covered in her blood.

“I don’t want anyone to experience what I did, Matt Hutchins, her son Andros, or Alec Baldwin who was given a gun while on set. He must live with the fact that he has taken the life of a human being because of unprofessional people.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was 24, the person named by Baldwin at the end October to have loaded Baldwin’s Colt pistol. The electrician stated that she was too young for her job. 

Guttierrez­Reed was said to have supplied the gun on the set. David Hall was then able to inspect it, and he informed Baldwin that the gun was a ‘cold gun’ meaning it did not contain blanks. 

He stated that someone who was supposed check the weapons on site was negligent and did not announce the presence of loaded guns on site. 


“I am certain that every department had professionals, but only one was responsible for weapons.

It is impossible for a woman aged twenty-four to be a professional armory specialist. Her friend who is roughly the same age from school, her local neighborhood, Instagram or God knows what else can also be a professional.

Svetnoy urged producers to prevent such accidents from happening again by making sure they have qualified personnel who are familiar with how to safely operate potentially hazardous sets.

He stated, “To save money sometimes, you hire people not qualified for complicated or dangerous jobs. You also risk your life and the lives of those around you.

“I get that you fight every day for your budget. But you can’t allow it to be ignored.”

“There must always be at most one person in every department that is knowledgeable about the job. This is essential to prevent a similar tragedy as Halyna’s.

Svetnoy concluded his article by saying, “We all love Halyna.” God bless her heart.

While the investigation is ongoing, the District attorney (DA) who is in charge of investigating the shooting said that she has information about the suspect.

Mary Carmack-Altwies told Good Morning America that there were ‘so many levels of failures’ on the set before Hutchins was accidentally shot and killed by Baldwin on October 21.

Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (pictured) on October 21 when he was handed prop gun with live ammunition

Baldwin accidentally killed Halyna HUTCHINS, cinematographer on October 21, when he received a prop gun with live ammunition.

Mary Carmack-Altwies (pictured), the District Attorney in charge of the investigation, said there were 'so many levels of failures' on the set before Hutchins' death

Mary Carmack Altwies, the District Attorney responsible for the investigation (pictured), said that there were “so many levels failures” on the set prior to Hutchins’s death.

Investigators are investigating how the live round was found in the gun, declared safe by an assistant Director. Carmack Altwies was asked whether she had any idea who fired the fatal shot.

The DA stated that additional live rounds were found by investigators, but could not give an exact number because of ongoing investigations.

Carmack-Altwies stated that they still do not know the details of how the actors got to the set. This will, she said, be one factor in deciding whether or not to charge.

“It is probably more important that we focus on the events leading up to the shooting. At the time of the shooting, at the very least, Mr Baldwin did not know the gun had been loaded. So it becomes more about how that gun got loaded and what level of failure occurred. Were those failures criminal?

Additionally, she refuted the claims by the armorer of the film who said that the weapon may have been deliberately loaded with live ammunition.

“Defense lawyers have invented conspiracy theories, and they used the term “sabotage.” “We do not have any proof,” added Carmack Atlwies.

Jason Bowles (Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer) claimed that the incident may have been caused in part by sabotage from a third party. However, Carmack-Altwies said it was unlikely.

Santa Fe County Sheriff said that there was’some complacency in the way weapons were handled’ and set the alarm to prevent any further incidents. 

Baldwin said that it was unlikely that the movie with a budget of only $2,000 will ever come to fruition.

The actor in grief shared last week a message from Rust’s crew member, dismissing safety concerns on set.

On November 9, he was also spotted with Hilaria, his wife.

On November 9 a tired-looking Baldwin and his wife Hilaria were seen strolling in New York City on the unseasonably warm fall day

Baldwin's mask slipped down his face as he and his wife waited to cross the street

A tired Baldwin and Hilaria, looking unwell, were seen walking in New York City’s warm autumn day on November 9.

Many former crew members expressed concern about the unsanitary working environment at the set in recent weeks.

Lane Luper was the A-camera’s first assistant. He said that he left the job one day prior to the shooting due to overwork, Covid safety not being properly enforced and poor gun safety.

Rust believes that it was the perfect storm, according to him, of Rust the armorer, Rust the assistant director and the culture present on the set. The rushing was also a factor. He said that it was all, when Good Morning America asked him about the events leading up to the tragic shooting.

It wasn’t one single person. It took everything to come together for the one-in-a trillion thing to occur.

He then refuted the claim of producers that safety was top priority on set and said: “I only remember two safety meetings that included the entire crew.”

Luper later accused the film’s producers of not following the basic rule about having guns on set. Luper stated that there will never be live rounds anywhere in a set, studio lot or on stage.

After describing Hutchins in detail, he became chokey and said: “She was truly something special.”

Luper stated that two gunshots were accidentally fired on the set, and that one sound-effects blast was heard around the crew.

There were NO instructions on what they should expect. Luper stated in his letter that production personnel are often asked the same questions about their lack of time or “this is 21-day shoot” when they ask them.

He said that crew members were tired of the long commutes between the station and their accommodation, for which some could travel more than two hours.

Luper stated that in all of her 10 years working as a camera assistant, she has never seen a crew so concerned about safety.

Baldwin responded to the claim that conditions at work were hazardous last week. She shared an opinion piece from one of her crew members, where she criticised their coworkers for creating a “blatantly false” picture of the set.

Baldwin posted a picture of Terese M. Davis’s post to his Instagram with the caption, ‘Read This.’


Baldwin, in distress after accidentally shooting the fatal shot was captured talking to his phone on the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office parking lot.

Davis said in her post, “I am sick of this story.” “I was involved in this film. The story being spun of us being overworked and surrounded by unsafe, chaotic conditions is bull***t.’

Davis’ post refuted many crew member complaints, such as that they worked over 12-hour days.

‘We never worked longer than 12.5 hours a day. Davis stated that Davis was wrong.

‘Most days were under 12. After an 11-hour shoot day, we were on a 12-hour turnaround when Halyna passed away. Camera included, we were all out by 6.30 pm.

Davis said that she is still haunted for the tragic shootings that took place on set. While Davis expressed anger at Dave Hall (assistant director), for giving Baldwin the gun she said that he was not concerned about safety.

She said, “I’m heartbroken and furious.” “I will never hear the gunshots or director’s screamings from my head again.”

“My friend is dead. Am I angry at him? Yes. Yes. But, I will not jump on his bandwagon to pretend that he wasn’t concerned about our safety all the way.

Baldwin was quiet about Rust before posting the post.

Sources say that the gun that killed Halyna Hutchins and Alec Baldwin was set off by a firearm, and went off in Baldwin’s hands, was actually used to practice off-set targets. Live ammo and blanks were also stored together. 

Alec Baldwin was wielding a vintage Colt pistol (pictured)

Alec Baldwin wielded a Colt 1911 pistol (pictured).

Sources close to production of Alec Baldwin’s Rust claim that the gun that killed the cinematographer was used by crew members for target practice. 

Multiple sources connected with the Rust set told TMZ by multiple people that Crew members used the Colt pistol for recreational purposes. 

According to sources, crew members were supposed to practice target shooting with actual bullets. Some believe that an extra round left over from practice sessions was transferred onto the set. 

Another source claimed that blanks and live ammunition were kept in the same place on set. It is possible this could explain how Baldwin’s Colt fired a bullet.  

According to a Friday search warrant, Hannah Gutierrez Rice, a Rust armer, had placed three guns outside of the location. First assistant director Dave Halls took the Colt from his cart and brought it into Baldwin. He was unaware it contained live ammunition. 

“Cold gun!” Halls shouted before handing the gun to Baldwin. Halls shouted, “Cold gun!” before handing Baldwin the gun. The phrase was used to notify cast and crew that it was safe to fire at the scene. 

Baldwin, while filming in an Old West style church, apparently pointed at the camera, pulled the trigger and killed Hutchins. Souza was standing behind him. 

According to two production sources, Gutierrez Reed was not involved in the incident. 

Two sources informed The Daily Beast by saying that Hannah Gutierrez–Reed allegedly gave an actress aged 11 a gun, without properly inspecting it while she was on set for Nicholas Cage’s film The Old Way. 

Sources said, “There were two times that she was loading blanks in a way we felt was unsafe.”

“She was somewhat careless when it came to guns, and she would wail the gun around every once in a while.”  

Rust sources claim that the tragic incident that left Hutchins dead at 42 and Souza injured at 48 was the result of top-to-bottom production problems. 

They said that Baldwin was handed the gun by Halls the assistant director, and that he had told Baldwin it was safe. 

One source on the set stated that he was supposed to be our last defense, and that he had failed us. “He is the last person who’s allowed to see that gun.”

According to a Rust source, there have been at least two other instances of gunshots accidentally being fired by crew members on the set prior to Thursday’s tragedy. 

According to the source, Gutierrez-Reed was described as “inexperienced” and “green”.