Deadline has confirmed that the husband of late Rust DP Halyna Hutchins, Matthew Hutchins, has hired personal injury-wrongful death litigation LA-based firm Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi with Brian Panish acting as lead counsel.
A rep for the firm would not comment beyond what Matthew Hutchins’ legal plans are going forward against the production, however, it would not be shocking if a wrongful death suit is filed.
Halyna Hutchins was shot by a prop gun discharged by Alec Baldwin on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set of Rust on Oct. 21, outside Santa Fe, NM. Hutchins in addition to her husband is survived by her 9 year old son, Andros.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate how a live round wound up in what was called a “cold gun” by the film’s Assistant Director David Halls, who handed it off to Baldwin for a quick-draw scene. In addition to Halyna Hutchins being shot, the film’s director Joel Souza was also injured.
Per Reuters, Matthew Hutchins is an attorney, working in corporate law out of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.
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