A member of Alec Baldwin’s film crew previously filed a complaint against him – deadline – .

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A member of Alec Baldwin’s film crew previously filed a complaint against him – deadline – .


EXCLUSIVE: As the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on October 21, which also injured director Joel Souza, on the set of the movie Alec Baldwin. Rouiller, new claims and details are emerging from senior assistant director David Halls – including a 2019 lawsuit against him.
“Dave Halls worked on two films for Blumhouse Television in 2019 and was not rehired after that date,” a Blumhouse TV spokesperson told Deadline today of First AD. Two years ago, Halls was part of the crew for the “Pure” and “Culture Shock” episodes of the Blumhouse television anthology series. In the dark, which aired on Hulu.

Blumhouse didn’t want to say why Halls wasn’t hired again.

However, a personal behavior complaint was filed on Even though against the First AD for lack of respect for the space of teammates and other collaborators, we learned. Halls has been described as “very aggressive” and “intimidating on set” by a source close to the production.

There were also allegations of safety issues on Even though, but nothing directly related to Halls, we hear. “All complaints received by the studio regarding security issues were dealt with promptly,” added the Blumhouse spokesperson. Hannah Macpherson directed the episode ‘Pure’ and Gigi Saul Guerrero directed the episode ‘Culture Shock’ of In the dark

When the Rouiller production was reached by Deadline on Halls’ previous story and any knowledge they might have had, they provided no comment. Halls himself did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment.

It should be noted that no charges have been filed against anyone on the Rouiller production by the police. Halls, like Baldwin and others on the Rouiller the crew were questioned on October 21 by the Santa Fe sheriff’s office and released. They are all free to leave the state, police officials tell us.

According to sources in New Mexico, the Santa Fe sheriff’s office today continues to inspect the location of the Bonanza Creek ranch where Hutchins was fatally injured and Souza injured and collect evidence. In addition, the New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety is currently under investigation into what happened on Rouiller .

Early Sunday, Maggie Goll, who worked on In the dark as a day player as an incidental assistant and on SFX requirements, told NBC News that Halls “at first he seemed like an older and affable first [assistant director] with the usual series of idiosyncrasies, but this facade quickly disappeared. Goll went on to say that Halls “did not maintain a safe working environment”. Also interviewed on the air, the masked crew member claimed that “sets were almost always allowed to become more and more claustrophobic, no fire routes established, exits blocked … safety meetings were non-existent.”

In a statement Goll sent to Deadline this afternoon, the crew member added that she contacted IATSE on Saturday to initiate an investigation into Hall’s behavior on set, particularly in terms of safety. While the gunsmith is responsible for the safety of guns on a set, the first AD is responsible for all general safety matters.

In this context, the detailed affidavit submitted Friday to New Mexico courts for a search warrant subsequently issued on the Rouiller The tragedy said that just before the Hutchins and Souza shootings, Baldwin on the afternoon of October 20 was handed one of three propeller pistols from a nearby cart by Halls. Preparing for a rehearsal scene, the Rouiller The star and the producer were told that the accessory was a “cold pistol” that did not contain any live cartridges.

Indicating that three propeller pistols were prepared by the gunsmith on set, named Hannah Gutierrez in Detective Joel Cano’s Oct. 22 file, the affidavit stated that Halls “had no idea that live bullets were in the gun propeller ”. Among the various elements of the search warrant, the police are looking to see if there are any images of the fatal accident. In addition, they are looking for other items such as the “Old Western Style” outfit Baldwin wore while filming, phones, memory cards and more.

We understand that the $ 7 million production of the now halted for an “indefinite period” Rouiller was 50% complete at the time of the bloody incident.

On Friday Deadline learned that RouillerThe film crew packed their personal gear and left work, citing a wide range of complaints, including the lack of payment for three weeks, lack of accommodation and poor gun safety on set. The production reportedly called on non-union members to replace the departing team.

The Rouiller production admits to Deadline that the team has indeed left, but that they have been paid. They then released a statement to Deadline saying, “The safety of our cast and crew is a top priority for Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company. While we have not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or accessories on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is down. We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and to provide mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time. “

With police investigations and more underway, it is very early in the process to determine liability issues.

However, OSHA can impose civil penalties for workplace accidents, even if law enforcement determines that no crime has been committed.

When that is decided, it could take some time.

On October 21, New Mexico’s first judicial district attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies, told Deadline, “This case is still in its preliminary stages of investigation” and that “At this time, we don’t know if charges will be laid. We will review all the facts and evidence of the case with great discretion and have more information at a later date. “

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