'Medical settlement of $1.15M for 'Rust' movie medic'

A medic who worked on the set of the film "Rust" has been awarded $1.15 million in a settlement with one of several defendants she accused of negligence in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal. Cherlyn Schaefer had fought desperately to save Hutchins' life and claimed the shock, trauma, and emotional distress that followed had made it impossible for her to continue working in her field. The settlement with prop master Sarah Zachry was approved by a New Mexico judge after Zachry's previous attorney had missed court deadlines without her permission. Zachry intends to seek damages from him to fund her settlement with Schaefer. Schaefer's complaint claims Zachry and weapons supervisor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed failed to ensure there were no live rounds in Baldwin's weapon. An involuntary manslaughter charge remains pending against Gutierrez-Reed, but her attorneys expect her to be exonerated. Prosecutors dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin last month, citing new evidence and the need for more time to investigate. Rust Movie Productions and assistant director David Halls are also named as defendants in the case.


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