The film’s production company Rust – starring Alec Baldwin – has been fined after being found guilty of breaking on-set safety laws following the shooting death of a cinematographer.
Halyna Hutchins sadly died on the set of Rust last October, with lawyers claiming the prop gun went off after Baldwin pointed it at Ms Hutchins during a stage edit.
The actor said he pointed the gun at Ms Hutchins on her instructions and she fired without him pulling the trigger.
The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.
Now, a report on the incident has revealed that the production company “knew that gun safety procedures were not being followed on set and showed a blatant disregard for the safety of the guns.” employees,” according to PA.
The company was fined the maximum fine allowed by New Mexico state law.
Rust Movie Productions was fined $136,793 (£104,810).
The six-month investigation was conducted by the New Mexico Department of the Environment, with spokesman James Kenney telling PA: “Our investigation revealed that this tragic incident would never have happened if Rust Movie Productions, LLC had followed the national motion picture industry standards for gun safety.
“This is a complete failure by the employer to follow recognized national protocols that keep employees safe.
“Employees should report unsafe working conditions or report them to us anonymously.”
While Robert Genoway, Chief of the New Mexico Department of Environment’s Office of Occupational Health and Safety, added, “As a reminder, it is illegal for any employer to retaliate against any employee who alleges a violation of workplace safety.”
The film has since been put on hold following the incident, with Alec confirming in a moving statement that the cinematographer was his “friend”.
In a clip obtained by TMZ, he says, “The day I got to Santa Fe to start filming, I took her out to dinner with director Joel.
“We were a very, very… well-oiled crew shooting a movie together, and then this horrible thing happened.”
He added that he’s been in “constant contact” with Halyna’s family since filming, explaining, “I met her husband Matthew and her son. The guy is overwhelmed with grief. It’s something that …from time to time, but nothing like that.
He said it was a “one in a trillion event” with Halyna’s husband and nine-year-old son dealing with the aftermath of the tragic incident.
“We are in constant contact with him and we are very concerned for his family and his child,” he said.
Halyna’s husband, Matt, said after the shooting: “Gun safety wasn’t the only issue on this set, there were standards that weren’t practiced.
“There are multiple responsible parties.”
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