‘Rust’ assistant director must interview with investigators
Crew complaints, claims of an unsafe set
‘I Thought to Myself, Did She Faint?’
No one could understand. Did she have a heart attack?"
"The rehearsal took place inside a church structure and involved Alec drawing his weapon and pointing it at the camera," the warrant states, noting that, according to director Joel Souza, he "believed the gun was safe and used the term ‘cold gun’ while explaining the safety announcement." After rehearsal, the cast and crew then took a lunch break. According to the warrant, Souza said that when they returned, he was unsure if the firearm used by Baldwin had been checked again for safety. https://www.eonline.com/news/1307055/rust-search-warrant-details-what-happened-after-alec-baldwins-prop-gun-went-off
Bowles also said that the lawyers believe that the scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch "was tampered with" before police responded https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/lawyer-rust-armorer-insists-shes-162028880.html
“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of a firearm,” stated the lawsuit, which was obtained by The New York Times.
It goes on to say that Baldwin should have “assumed that the gun in question was loaded” until “it was demonstrated to him or checked by him that it was not loaded” and said Baldwin should not have relied on assistant director David Halls’ guidance that it had been a “cold gun.”
“Mr. Baldwin cannot hide behind the [a]ssistant [d]irector to attempt to excuse the fact that he did not check the gun himself,” stated the lawsuit, also obtained by Deadline. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rust-script-supervisor-says-alec-123700532.html
The Los Angeles Times, citing two crew members it did not name, reported that five days before the shooting, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun didn’t have any ammunition.
In another dramatic episode on Saturday, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun was ‘cold’, witnesses told the Los Angeles Times. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10122791/Why-gun-Alec-Baldwin-movie-set-loaded-live-ammo-Mystery-deadly-chain-events.html
The man was hit in the shoulder, while the woman was airlifted to the hospital for stomach surgery. https://deadline.com/2021/10/female-crewmember-dies-on-new-mexico-set-of-alec-baldwin-film-rust-1234860416/
"Joel then vaguely remembers [Hutchins] complaining about her stomach and grabbing her mid-section. Joel also said [Hutchins] began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground." https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59035483
The bullet was removed from Mr Souza’s shoulder during surgery.
"The cameras captured Alec shooting but Halyna and Joel were behind the camera so I don’t think the cameras captured them being shot.”
However, “cameras, lights and props were damaged” from the gunfire with “broken glass was everywhere,” so it is unclear if the footage would be salvable. https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/3914033/alec-baldwin-shooting-captured-camera-gun-killed-cinematographer/
Souza and Russell both told the sheriff’s detective that after camera operators walked off the Rust set, citing housing and pay issues, they were down to one camera, and it was not filming when Baldwin’s gun discharged.
Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting: Famed lawyer says he’d be shocked if involuntary manslaughter charge not brought https://www.foxnews.com/media/alec-baldwin-shooting-criminal-defense-lawyer-mark-geragos-charges
Alec Baldwin and Rust crew had been told never to point a gun at a person, lawyer for armorer says https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10167227/Alec-Baldwin-Rust-crew-told-never-point-gun-person-lawyer-armorer-says.html
Attorney For Armorer On Alec Baldwin Movie Suggests Possibility Of ‘Sabotage’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9J4GKAiX0A "Can’t Rule Anybody Out At This Point" 4:01 on the interview and 6:53 "Not a Rehearsal" but "Tech Prep" – Armorer NOT there during fatality
"This idea my client grabbed the gun and handed it to Baldwin absolutely did not happen," she said,
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Author: H. A. Goodman