A script supervisor for the film “Rust” has dropped two executive producers from her lawsuit alleging she suffered emotional distress while standing close to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when she was fatally shot in 2021 with a prop weapon fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the movie’s set.
On Friday, lawyers for Mamie Mitchell filed court papers asking Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Whitaker to dismiss executive producers Chris M.B. Sharp and Jennifer Lamb as defendants. The court papers did not provide an explanation for the move.
Mitchell’s original suit was filed last Nov. 17, alleging that she was “standing in the line of fire when the gun went off.” She then filed amended suits on Feb. 8 and Aug. 3. The 64-year-old Baldwin is one of the defendants.
Hutchins, 42, was killed Oct. 21 while Baldwin, himself a producer and a star of “Rust,” was helping to prepare camera angles for a scene on the film’s set near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Baldwin fired a weapon which was supposed to contain only blank rounds but discharged a lead bullet that struck Hutchins in the chest then lodged in the shoulder of director Joel Souza.
Mitchell’s suit alleges specific wrongdoing by Baldwin, claiming he fired the weapon during the rehearsal “even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of a firearm.” The actor’s lawyers are also seeking dismissal of the allegations against him in a hearing scheduled Nov. 1.
Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he did not pull the trigger, saying he instead tugged the gun’s hammer back and released it before the weapon discharged.