On the set of the 2021 film Rust, actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza when a real bullet went off in a fake handgun. The incident occurred on October 21 at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Bonanza City, New Mexico.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have all conducted thorough investigations into the incident.
Santa Fe’s district attorney said on January 19, 2023, that Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will be charged with two charges of involuntary manslaughter each or in the alternative, two counts of manslaughter. Baldwin was arrested and charged with two charges of involuntary manslaughter on January 31st, 2023.
Baldwin entered a not-guilty plea on February 23, 2023. The halt in Rust manufacturing is permanent. As a result of this occurrence discussions about workplace safety in the film business, how workers are treated and the usage of real guns as props emerged.
What did Alec Baldwin say about the Gun Shooting?
Alec Baldwin had a lightbulb moment on the morning of October 21. The film’s leading man took a moment to reflect on the production’s progress while sitting in a church pew on the set of “Rust”. The enchantment of the movies felt within grasp as a project he had been working on for a long time began to take shape.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin said:
I sat on that bench and I said, This movie has made me love creating movies again, I genuinely felt we were onto something and then this gun fires.
Baldwin had only been handling the antique Colt.45 handgun for a few hours when a real bullet was accidentally fired during a marking practice, killing cameraman Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
Baldwin claimed that an unauthorized bullet was used to fire a weapon on the premises. “I can’t say who’s to blame for what happened, but I know it wasn’t me.” Baldwin met down with Stephanopoulos to discuss the circumstances leading up to Hutchins’ murder.
He told Stephanopoulos he had no reason to believe a real bullet was in the toy gun. The criticism, litigation and investigations that followed the incident were also addressed. No idea what went down on that set. How that bullet got into that rifle, “I have no idea, I don’t know,” Baldwin admitted.
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