Alec Baldwin Hires Attorney Over Shooting Incident

Alec Baldwin Hires Attorney Over Shooting Incident

( – On October 21, Hollywood film actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop handgun on a New Mexico movie set, fatally injuring 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, 48. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation later that day. Baldwin initially appeared willing and able to talk about the incident, going as far as answering reporters’ questions on the side of a local highway. However, a recent report indicates the actor has lawyered up.

On November 28, media outlets began reporting that Baldwin hired attorney Aaron S. Dyer to represent him in civil lawsuits stemming from the New Mexico shooting incident. Dyer works as a Los Angeles-based partner, handing corporate investigations and white-collar defense for the noted New York law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

So far, Baldwin faces two lawsuits for his alleged role in the shooting. One lawsuit alleges that Baldwin cocked and fired the gun, even though the scene he was rehearsing for didn’t call for it. Gaffer Serge Svetnoy and script supervisor Mamie Mitchell filed separate lawsuits against the actor, producers, and other crew members. Mitchell claims she was inflicted with “physical and emotional injuries” as a result of the incident. Svetnoy claims similar injuries.

Hutchins’ husband and son haven’t filed a lawsuit related to the fatal shooting. However, they did hire noted personal injury attorney Brian Panish. Based out of Los Angeles, Panish won some of the nation’s most significant jury verdicts, including a $4.9-billion settlement and over 500 verdicts and settlements valued at more than $1 million.

What do you think? Should the long arm of the law hold Baldwin accountable for his actions/inactions on that fateful day?

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