Ross Addiego, Doran Curtin, and Reese Price witnessed the shooting, and are seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Baldwin, as well as Rust Movie Productions, LLC and El Dorado Pictures, for "hearing loss, temporary deafness, and vibrational shock," among other things.
According to FOX News, the plaintiffs argued in their lawsuit that their injuries were "caused by Defendants' failure to follow industry safety rules."
They accused Baldwin, Rust Movie Productions, LLC, and El Dorado Pictures of having "cut corners; ignored reports of multiple, unscripted firearms discharges; and persisted, rushed and understaffed, to finish the film."
The plaintiffs noted that despite Rust being a "gun-heavy" film, the higher-ups, including Assistant Director David Halls, continuously failed to "properly distribute" safety information regarding firearms, and received numerous "safety complaints."
"No one examined the revolver before Halls handed it to Defendent Baldwin," the lawsuit stated, adding that the actor, "did not request that anyone verify or demonstrate the revolver’s safety before this exchange" and "did not ask to see whether ammunition was present inside the revolver’s chamber – despite his knowledge of the observable differences between a live and dummy round, and a loaded and unloaded chamber."
The crew were filming a scene in a small church when Baldwin allegedly began practicing his draw before actually pulling the trigger.
"The sound from the live discharge inside the small church was deafening, causing Plaintiffs to suffer blast injuries," the lawsuit noted. "After the shooting, Defendants offered no diagnostic services or any meaningful emotional or mental health services to Plaintiffs."
The plaintiffs instead "independently sought support in dealing with their injuries which include, but are not limited to, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder."
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