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Alec Baldwin: Police won’t rule out criminal charges against actor after Rust is filmed

Investigators discussed their initial findings in the investigation into Halyna Hutchins’ death.

They held a press conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico today (October 27), six days after shooting the film that claimed the life of the 42-year-old cinematographer.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies both stressed the importance of allowing the investigation to continue, saying charges could be filed at a later date if probable cause was found.

Alec Baldwin shot a gun that was used as a prop in the Western Rouiller, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

The events of October 21 sparked calls to improve the regulation of guns on film sets, or even to ban them and replace them with CGI.

Baldwin wrote in a statement after the incident: “There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident which claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and colleague deeply. admired.

“I am fully cooperating 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. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.

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How live ammo was obtained on the Rust Plateau is still a mystery

A week after the shooting on the set of Rouiller, accounts and images published in court documents, interviews and social media posts have described much of what happened during the tragedy, but they have yet to answer the key question: how live ammunition ended up in a real pistol used as a movie prop, despite precautions that should have prevented it.
Read the full story here.
Peony HirwaniOctober 28, 2021 7:15 AM
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California senator to propose ‘live’ gun ban on movie sets

California lawmaker says he will propose a ‘live’ gun ban on movie sets after the fatal shooting on the set of Rouiller.
David Cortese, who is a Democratic senator from Silicon Valley, said his legislation banning “live” ammunition on sets “would prevent this kind of senseless violence and loss of life,” in reference to the Baldwin shooting.
“There is an urgent need to tackle the alarming work abuses and safety violations occurring on the set of theatrical productions, including unnecessary high risk conditions such as the use of live firearms,” Cortese said. in a press release. declaration.
He recognized that the Rouiller the shooting took place outside of her home state, New Mexico, but said, “It is important that California sets new safety standards and best practices for everyone working in the industry and especially in our own state.
Megan Sheets has the whole story
Peony HirwaniOctober 28, 2021 6:45 AM
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Petition to ban the use of live firearms on set has collected over 64,000 signatures

After the fatal shooting on the set of Rouiller took place, a Change.org petition to Alec Baldwin calling for a ban on the use of real guns on set and demanding better working conditions for the crew has garnered more than 64,000 signatures.
The author of the petition, who appears to have attended the same institute as Halyna Hutchins, wrote: “We need to make sure this preventable tragedy never happens again.
“There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets, ”they added. “It’s not the early 90s, when Brandon Lee was killed the same way. Change must happen before more talented lives are lost. “
Towards the end, the petitioner also called on “Baldwin to use his power and influence in the Hollywood film industry to make a difference and ban real guns from film sets.”
Peony HirwaniOctober 28, 2021 6:15 AM
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The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office recovered 500 rounds of ammunition from the Rust set

During Wednesday’s press conference, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office revealed that they had recovered three firearms and approximately 500 rounds of the set. Rouiller.
The bullets were a mixture of blank bullets, dummy bullets, and possibly live bullets.
The sheriff further clarified that one of the three weapons recovered from the set was a non-functioning firearm.
“There was a total of 500 rounds of ammunition – it’s a mixture of blanks, dummy rounds and what we suspect [are] rounds live, ”said Sheriff Adan Mendoza. ” [It’s] too early at this time to comment on the charges at this point. “
Peony HirwaniOctober 28, 2021 5:45 AM
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Key questions left unanswered after Rust tragedy press conference

Almost a week after the fatal shooting on the set of the film Rouiller, several key questions remain unanswered, including who loaded Alec Baldwin’s gun, who could be charged for the incident and what changes it could bring to the film industry.
Megan Sheets has the whole story:
Peony HirwaniOctober 28, 2021 5:15 AM
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Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza were hit by the same bullet, police say

A single bullet killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins then lodged in director Joel Souza’s shoulder on the set Rouiller, police said.
As officers said they were continuing their investigation and prosecutors said they had not ruled out the possibility of laying charges against anyone, including Baldwin, police said it appeared the actor had fired a single bullet with a .45 Lee handgun.
At a press conference Wednesday, October 27, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the bullet was passed to investigators by medical officials who removed it from the injured director’s shoulder.
Andrew Buncombe has the whole story:
Peony HirwaniOctober 28, 2021 4:45 AM
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Ireland Baldwin backs father Alec in investigation

The actor’s daughter took to Instagram after a film production employee shared a positive memory of her father, who requested that milk and cereal be provided in his hotel room for his then young girl.
“Of some of the most obnoxious and threatening comments, emails, texts and voicemail messages I have received… this beautiful comment is the only one,” Ireland wrote.
“I know my dad, you just don’t know him. I love you dad. “
Houx BancroftOctober 28, 2021 3:58 AM
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Santa Fe County DA Says “Corners Were Definitely Cut” on Rust Set

Mary Carmack-Altwies made the statement in an interview with NBC News.
Graeme MassieOctober 28, 2021 3:02 AM
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Home of Rust set nurse guarded by security

The house of Rust’s doctor on the set who tried to save Halyna Hutchins’ life is being guarded by security, according to Fox News.
“The security personnel are from the same security service at Bonanza Ranch where the film was shot,” according to the news network.
Graeme MassieOctober 28, 2021 2:03 AM
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Rust gunsmith ‘mishandled’ guns on Nicolas Cage set, crew member told CNN

The lead gunsmith on RouillerHannah Gutierrez allegedly mishandled weapons on the set of a previous movie with Nicholas Cage, according to CNN,
Two crew members on The Old Way told the News Network that the 24-year-old fired a gun near the actor on set without warning, according to henchman Stu Brumbaugh, who says he then asked that ‘she be fired.
” Make an announcement! You just blew my fucking eardrums! Cage screamed in annoyance before leaving the set, Brumbaugh said.
“She was talking to the stunt coordinator, and she just shot a bullet, it rang (like she shot]) on the ground, and that’s when Nick really leaned over her. That’s when I said she had to be let go, she’s the least experienced gunsmith I’ve ever worked with. I don’t know why she was not released, ”Mr. Brumbaugh said.
Another member of the film crew, who asked CNN not to name them, also shared concerns about Ms Gutierrez.
“She was not carrying the guns safely. She had guns hidden under her armpits and carried guns in each hand that were ready to be used in the scene, ”the crew member told CNN.
“The guns were targeting people. She turned around and the pistols that were hidden under her armpits were pointed at people.

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Graeme MassieOctober 28, 2021 1:02 AM

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