Alec Baldwin reunites with family of cinematographer who was shot to death on set

SANTA FE, USA, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Witnesses reported that Alec Baldwin was reunited with the family of the cinematographer who accidentally died on set. of a movie by shooting the actor with a prop gun, while on Sunday more versions of worrisome situations emerged during the filming of the western “Rust.”

A distraught Baldwin was photographed Saturday night outside a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, hugging and talking to Matt Hutchins, the husband of Halyna Hutchins, and his nine-year-old son.

Baldwin, 63, said Friday he was shocked and heartbroken over the death of Hutchins.

The 42-year-old woman was killed and director Joel Souza was injured when Baldwin fired a prop gun containing a real bullet that had been handed to him and was told it was unloaded, Santa Fe authorities said in court documents.

The set where the accident in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died occurred (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

“Huge loss”

In a statement read at a vigil, Hutchins called his wife’s death “an enormous loss.”

No one has been charged in the fatal incident during a trial Thursday at the Bonanza Creek ranch outside Santa Fe as the local sheriff’s office continues its investigation.

But multiple media and social media reports have raised concerns about security protocols on the set of the low-budget film and rreported departures of several camera operators and their assistants just hours before the accident.

Celebrity website TMZ.com, citing unidentified sources related to the production, said the weapon delivered to Baldwin had previously been used by team members for target practice with live bullets.

Reuters was unable to verify the report and Santa Fe police did not respond to questions Sunday.

Among other aspects reported among the cast members there are more incidents related to prop weapons.

According to the Los Angeles Times, more than a week ago Baldwin’s stuntman accidentally fired two rounds from a prop firearm after being told it was “cold,” an industry term that means the device is missing. loaded, including blank ammunition.

Rust Movie Productions said last week that although “they were not informed of any official complaints related to the safety of weapons or accessories on set, rWe will conduct an internal review of our procedures while production is closed. ”

According to court documents, the prop gun was delivered to Baldwin by the film’s assistant director, Dave Halls, who has more than 20 years of experience in the business.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Written by Jill Serjeant. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)

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Alec Baldwin reunites with family of cinematographer who was shot to death on set