Alec Baldwin maintains he did not pull trigger in fatal shooting
April 20, 2022 - The makers of the movie “Rust”, which saw the accidental fatal shooting of a crew member last year, have been fined over $130,000. Alec Baldwin, who fired the gun, maintains he did not pull the trigger.
The producers of the film “Rust”, whose cinematographer was accidentally shot dead on set by movie star Alec Baldwin, have been fined $136,793 by the New Mexico Environment Department for showing “plain indifference to recognised hazards associated with use of firearms on set” – the maximum fine possible.
On October 21, 2021, the “Rust” film crew were rehearsing a shot inside a wooden church on Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico – a popular western movie location seen in the likes of Jimmy Stewart’s 1955 “The Man from Laramie” and Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s 1969 “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.
As the crew worked out positions for the scene, actor Alec Baldwin, playing a grizzled 1880s Kansas outlaw, inadvertently fired a live round from an Italian-made Pietta Long Colt revolver replica, hitting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza.
Hutchins was struck in the chest and died hours later in flight to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, while Souza was later discharged from hospital with a wound to his shoulder.
Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film, maintains he did not pull the trigger and has no idea how a live bullet came to be on the set.
The film company says it and will appeal the verdict.
- Alec Baldwin: Rust film producers fined over fatal shooting on set (BBC)
- The day Alec Baldwin shot Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza (Los Angeles Times)
- Ex-Rust crew member says he “never felt as close to death” on a set as he did in days before Halyna Hutchins shooting (Sky News)
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