Husband of cinematographer killed in Alec Baldwin shooting hires lawyer

Reuters
New Delhi Published: Nov 04, 2021, 01:27 PM(IST)

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin found himself in the eye of a storm as he fired a prop gun killing one and injuring another on the set of his film Rust.

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Matt Hutchins has been photographed embracing and talking with Alec Baldwin in the days after the shooting.

Matt Hutchins, whose wife Halyna Hutchins was accidentally shot dead by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the film 'Rust' last month, has hired a Los Angeles-based law firm in connection with the shooting, a spokeswoman said.

Brian Panish of personal injury firm Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi, who earlier this year helped secure a $2.2 billion settlement for victims of Southern California wildfires and mudslides, will be the lead attorney, said Hutchins spokeswoman Amanda Duckworth.

Panish has also represented the mother and children of pop singer Michael Jackson in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Panish declined to comment. Legal experts have said Halyna Hutchins` family could file civil lawsuits seeking financial damages for negligence after a gun Baldwin was holding released a live bullet. Baldwin had been told the gun was safe to use.

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Hutchins has been photographed embracing and talking with Baldwin in the days after the shooting.

Hutchins, a corporate associate at US law firm Latham & Watkins, is the latest to hire legal counsel in the wake of the Oct. 21 shooting that also injured director Joel Souza.

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Last week, Baldwin and other "Rust" producers hired law firm Jenner & Block to investigate the shooting. 'Rust' armorer Hannah Gutierrez has retained Jason Bowles, a former federal prosecutor based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film, has said he is heartbroken and is cooperating with authorities.

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