Several employees of the filming in which Alec Baldwin accidentally killed the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins they allegedly protested, that same day, for allegedly poor working conditions and lack of security.
According to sources quoted by the Los Angeles Times newspaper, half a dozen assistants and camera operators resigned en bloc on the day of the fatal accident, since in the previous days there were problems with that same weapon, which in their opinion was not properly supervised.
For its part, the office of the Sheriff de Santa Fe, in the state of New Mexico (USA), declined to comment on the matter and said that it will not have more information until next week, as the investigation continues.
On Thursday afternoon, the producer of the film Rust indicated that the accident was due to a pistol loaded with blank cartridges and not bullets, although the authorities did not confirm this point.
“We have not even started the forensic investigation on that issue,” Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Ríos said in a statement released by the magazine. Deadline on Friday.
Likewise, three unidentified employees told the Los Angeles Times that a group of technicians complained that there were “a very serious lack of security measures » in the set.
up to half a dozen camera operators left the studio and were replaced by staff who were not affiliated with any professional union.
Two days before, Lane Luper, a camera assistant attached to the Iatse union (International Alliance of Stage Employees), described the alleged precarious conditions of the filming through a series of comments on social networks.
Occurrence at the Bonanza Creek Ranch
The incident occurred around 1:50 p.m. (local time) at the Rancho Bonanza Creek. A Baldwin spokeswoman indicated that the shooting occurred by accident when the prop pistol failed, although the facts have not yet been clarified.
After being shot, the emergency services moved to the Halyn Hutchins to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where his death was declared. Joel Souza He has been transferred to the Saint Vicente Regional Medical Center.
The authorities have indicated that the investigation is ongoing and that no charges have been filed. Meanwhile, production on the film, directed by Souza and with Baldwin as producer and actor, has been halted.
The cinematographers’ union (International Cinematographers Guild) issued a statement identifying the fatality. “We received the devastating news that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico, died from injuries sustained on set,” explained John Lindley, president of the union.