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Lawyers representing Serge Svetnoy, the film’s lead electrician for “Rust,” told Granthshala News that Haleena Hutchins’ husband “undoubtedly” will make a legal decision “when he’s ready.”

The statement was made after a television interview with Alec Baldwin on Thursday about the accident on set of the cinematographer’s death.


“Mr. Baldwin’s statement that he is upset or shocked that Matthew Hutchins did not file the first lawsuit fails to appreciate the magnitude of Mr. Hutchins’ unimaginable suffering,” Attorney Gary A. Dordick told Granthshala News. “Mr. Hutchins will undoubtedly make a decision about any potential litigation when he is ready. It is not for a negligent defendant in a lawsuit to offer advice or opinion as to whether and when the suit should be filed.”

Of note, Baldwin did not say that he was “upset or shocked” the widower did not file earlier. A spokesman for the bereaved father did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.

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Alec Baldwin criticized for all interviews about shooting ‘Rust’: ‘Performance chasing a force’

During an emotional sit-down on ABC, Baldwin told the host that he didn’t pull the trigger on the prop gun on the set of the New Mexico film, which killed the 42-year-old.

“I didn’t pull the trigger,” said the 63-year-old. “I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them. Never.”

The special was Baldwin’s first sit-down since shooting October 21 on the set of the Western film. Officials have said the actor was told the gun was safe to handle, but investigations are ongoing into how a live round ended in the weapon.

At one point, Baldwin burst into tears describing Hutchins. Director Joel Souza was also injured.

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The statement came after Alec Baldwin's televised interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Thursday, in which the cinematographer died.

When asked how the on-set live round ended, Baldwin replied, “I don’t know.”

“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that shouldn’t even have been on the property,” he said.

Earlier, Swetnoy took to Facebook and alleged Hutchins’ death “the person who was supposed to test the weapon on site did not do so; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on site did not.” The person who should have examined this weapon before bringing it on the set, did not do so.”

He claimed that both “negligence and unprofessionalism” resulted in his death.

This aerial photo shows Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, Saturday, October 23, 2021.

“To save a penny sometimes you hire people who are not fully qualified for a complicated and dangerous job, and you risk the lives of other people who—along with you—and your lives— Together,” Svetnoy wrote. “I understand you always fight for the budget, but you can’t let that happen.”

“It’s true that the cost of pros can be a bit high and sometimes a little more demanding, but it’s worth it. Any money left over is not worth a person’s life!” He continued.

In his post, Svetnoy confirmed that he stood next to Hutchins when he was shot and held her as she died.

“Yeah, I stood shoulder to shoulder with Halina during this fatal shot that took her life and injured director Joel Souza,” Svetnoy recalled. “I held her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands.”

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Helena Hutchins has been described as a talented filmmaker among her peers.

Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons are handled on the “Rusty” set. He has said it is too early to determine whether charges will be filed amid independent civil lawsuits related to liability in the fatal shooting.

On Wednesday, Matthews attended TheWrap’s “Power Woman Summit” in London West Hollywood, which paid tribute to the life and legacy of his late wife.

According to OutletSusan Ruskin, dean of the American Film Institute, declared that “our community is shaken by the loss.” He also thanked Mathew, who announced the formation of the AFI Scholarship Fund in the name of his wife. On Twitter, she encouraged “anyone seeking to honor her memory” by donating to the Scholarship Fund, which supports aspiring female cinematographers.

According to his website, Hutchins grew up on a Soviet base in the Arctic Circle and “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in international journalism from Kiev National University in Ukraine, worked on British documentary productions in Eastern Europe, and graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015.

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Halyana Hutchins is survived by her husband and their son.

Prior to “Rust”, his credits included the crime drama “Blindfire” and the horror film “Darlin”. At the time of her death, director Adam Egypt Mortimer, who worked with her on the 2020 thriller “Arkenemy”, said she had a powerful sense of self-confidence and an inspiring openness to challenges.

Hutchins is survived by her husband and their son.

Granthshala News’ Jessica Napoli and