Rust Producers Just Scored a Major Legal Victory

As shown Hollywood Reporter On September 16, 2022, the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in favor of the producers of The Rust in their lawsuit against Mamie Mitchell. In his ruling, Judge Michael E. Whitaker stated that the Mitchell camp did not have sufficient evidence to support the idea that the producers knew that Alec Baldwin intended to aim and fire the weapon as soon as first assistant director Dave Halls handed it to him. “Mitchell’s statements would have shown otherwise: the only person who knew Baldwin was about to fire the gun was Baldwin,” Whitaker wrote. At the same time, Baldwin remains the defendant in this case.

While this is a major win for the producers of Rust, the legal battle is far from over. Term notes that, given that this decision did not dismiss Mitchell’s claims against him, Baldwin still has a lot to do as the one-year mark approaches since the shooting. He plans to try to get the lawsuits against him dismissed, so a hearing with Judge Whitaker is scheduled for November 1, 2022. Baldwin claims he did not pull the trigger on the Rust pistol, although forensic evidence collected by the FBI in August 2022 showed otherwise (via NPR).

Time will tell how this whole situation will end, but it is clear that the legal problems around Rust as a whole are unlikely to disappear in the near future.

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