Members of the crew on the New Mexico film set were actually so concerned about the safety conditions that some had left just hours before Thursday’s incident, according to a detailed new report.
Le Los Angeles Times, using his extensive network of Hollywood sources, spoke to several witnesses on set of the production, a western called Rouiller filming at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. Mr. Baldwin was acting and producing the film, while the woman he accidentally killed – Halyna Hutchins – was a 42-year-old cinematographer.
Three sources told the Times that “the cameramen and their assistants were frustrated with the conditions surrounding the low-budget film, including complaints about long hours, long communities and the collection of their paychecks… industry standard security protocols, including inspections of firearms, were not strictly followed Rouiller ensemble ».
The gunsmith on set – responsible for overseeing accessory pistols and other potentially dangerous items – was a 24-year-old former model and actress who had only served as a chief gunsmith before on a film, The Old Way, which ended shortly before the Rouiller Pull.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the daughter of a respected Hollywood gun expert, told a podcast last month that her interest in following in her father’s footsteps had only grown in recent years and, before assuming the role of chief gunsmith for The Old Way, she “was really nervous about it” and “hardly accepted the job”.
Sources also told the Los Angeles Times that complaints had been made about gun safety prior to the incident, with crew members saying “particularly concerned about two accidental gun discharges” days before the fatal shooting.
According to their accounts, Mr Baldwin’s stuntman had been the one who fired the shells on Saturday after learning that the weapon had not been loaded with live ammunition.
“There should have been an investigation into what happened,” a crew member told the Times. “There were no security meetings. There was no assurance that this would not happen again. All they wanted was to rush, to rush, to rush.
The newspaper also saw a copy of a message sent by a production member to a unit manager. He said, “We have now had three accidental discharges. It’s super dangerous.
On the day of the incident, crew members came out in protest and were replaced by non-union members, according to reports. Within hours Ms Hutchins was dead and director Joel Souza injured after the bullet that killed the young mother passed through her and hit Mr Souza.
They were injured by a “projectile” fired from the pistol Mr. Baldwin was using in a shooting scene. Everyone felt that the gun was “cold”, or that it was not loaded with live ammunition or anything that could cause serious injury.
The day after the incident, Mr Baldwin released a statement saying he was’ heartbroken ‘and’ was cooperating fully with the police investigation to explain how this tragedy happened and I am in contact with her husband. , offering my support to him and his family ”.
Ms Hutchins, originally from Ukraine, lived near Los Angeles with her lawyer husband and their young son.
Authorities in New Mexico continue to investigate the shooting, but no charges have yet been filed.
Meanwhile, gun advocates on both sides of the political spectrum over the weekend sought to politicize Ms Hutchins’ death, which has already sparked a furious debate over safety protocols on set.
Donald Trump Jr, son of the 45th President of the United States, sought to ridicule Mr. Baldwin, an outspoken liberal, rather than tackle larger issues. After Ms Hutchins’ death, he made several Instagram posts alluding to the actor’s role in the parody of former President Donald Trump and the attack on Mr Baldwin’s personal character.
The ex-president’s son – a father of five who, after parting ways with his wife, reunited with now high-profile Republican spokeswoman Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former news anchor – has been relentless in his handling of the social media tragedy.
On Saturday, he reposted a post from former Navy Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor winner who had two children with Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, before the relationship broke up.
The post features a distraught photo of Mr. Baldwin from the New Mexico Plateau and reads: “I wonder if he’ll star himself in the SNL skit… This man made a living making jokes (sic ) at the expense of others. The sad part is that this woman’s life has been taken by someone who will never be held responsible. ”
A request for comment from the Trump Organization was not immediately returned.