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Alec Baldwin said he was “grateful” for New Mexico’s investigation into the fatal shooting during production of his ill-fated film “Rust” last fall, saying the state’s report “the exempt”.
“We appreciate that the report exonerates Mr. Baldwin by making it clear that he believed the gun contained only dummy cartridges,” Baldwin said in a statement through his attorney the day the Health Bureau and Workplace Safety of New Mexico announced that the film’s production company Rust Movie Productions LLC will be fined up to $139,793 for safety violations during filming.
Baldwin accidentally shot and killed the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, on October 21 when she showed him which way to point a prop gun during a rehearsal.
In an earlier interview, Baldwin said he didn’t pull the trigger when the gun went off. Hutchins, 42, died and director Joel Souza was injured when the bullet passed through her shoulder.
ALEC BALDWIN’S ‘RUST’ IS FINED BY NEW MEXICO FOR WILLFUL GUN SAFETY FAILURES
Baldwin’s statement went on to say that the New Mexico report clarified that his power as producer over the film was “limited to approving script changes and creative casting. Mr. Baldwin had no authority on the issues that were the subject of the Bureau’s violation findings, and we are pleased that New Mexico officials have clarified these critical issues.”
The report gave a scathing account of security lapses in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires on set before filming. mortal. The office also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unheeded and said weapons specialists were not authorized to make decisions about additional safety training.
“What we had, based on the findings of our investigators, was a set of obvious dangers to employees regarding the use of firearms and management’s inability to respond to those obvious dangers,” said Bob Genoway, Bureau of Workplace Safety Chief, Associated Press.
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The new workplace safety report confirms that a high-caliber revolver was handed to Baldwin by an assistant director, David Halls, without consulting with weapons specialists on set during or after the weapon was loaded.
“The security coordinator was present on set and took no direct action to address security issues,” the report said. “Management had multiple opportunities to take corrective action and chose not to. As a result of these failures, director Joel Souza and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins were seriously injured. Halyna Hutchins succumbed to his wounds.”
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.