Alec Baldwin seen consoling the family of slain cinematographer as problems mount – .

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Alec Baldwin seen consoling the family of slain cinematographer as problems mount – .


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SANTA FE – Alec Baldwin was seen consoling the family of the cinematographer he accidentally killed on the set of his movie, as other reports on Sunday of disturbing practices while filming the western ” Rust ”.

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A distraught Baldwin was pictured outside a Santa Fe, New Mexico hotel on Saturday kissing and talking with Matt Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’ husband, and their nine-year-old son.

Baldwin, 63, said on Friday he was shocked and heartbroken by the death of Hutchins. The 42-year-old was killed and director Joel Souza injured when Baldwin unloaded a propeller pistol containing a live bullet he was handed and told was unloaded, said Santa Fe authorities in court documents.

In a statement read at a candlelight vigil on Saturday, Hutchins called his wife’s death a “huge loss.”

No one was charged in the fatal incident during a rehearsal Thursday at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Santa Fe as the local sheriff’s office continues its investigation.

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But multiple media and social media raised concerns about safety protocols on the set of the low-budget film and described a walkout of several camera operators and their assistants hours before the crash.

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On one of the more troubling celebrity websites, TMZ.com, citing unidentified production-related sources, said the gun handed to Baldwin had previously been used by crew members for hand-held training. offset target, using real bullets.

Reuters could not verify the report and Santa Fe police did not respond to inquiries on Sunday.

Among the concerns reported among crew members were other incidents involving propeller guns. According to Los Angeles Times , over a week ago, the Baldwin stuntman accidentally fired two shots with a propeller gun after learning it was “cold,” an industry term meaning that a gun is not loaded. of ammunition, including blank.

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Rust Movie Productions said last week that while they “have not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or props on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures during the shutdown. the production “.

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According to court documents, the propeller pistol was handed over to Baldwin by the film’s assistant director Dave Halls, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

Film producer Aaron B. Koontz, who worked with Halls on two previous films but was not involved in directing “Rust,” told the Los Angeles Times Halls that he is a good manager.

“Dave is extremely efficient and he’s very good at keeping pace and moving at the speed you need to move to get through your days,” Koontz told the newspaper.

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However, special effects technician Maggie Goll, who worked with Halls on the 2017 Hulu TV series “Into the Dark,” had a different point of view.

“He didn’t maintain a safe work environment,” Goll told NBC News. “The sets were almost always allowed to become more and more claustrophobic, no fire routes established, exits blocked… safety meetings were non-existent. “

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Rooms did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday. The film’s chief gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez, is also involved in the investigation. She could not be reached for comment.

About 200 people attended the vigil for Cutchins in Albuquerque on Saturday. While organizers stressed that the event should honor the memory of Hutchins, rather than focus on his death, some in the crowd held signs reading “Safety on the set.”

A second vigil took place in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, where a few hundred people cried in a private parking lot, according to a Reuters photographer.

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