Fined after fatal gunshot in Baldwin shoot
The case caused great horror: camerawoman Hutchins died during a shoot because a gun was loaded. An authority for occupational safety is now imposing a maximum fine.
After the death of a camerawoman while shooting a film with Hollywood star Alec Baldwin, a US agency for occupational safety and health has fined her for lack of safety on the set.
The producers of the western “Rust” have to pay a maximum fine of almost $ 137,000 (about 126,000 euros), as the authorities in Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced on Wednesday.
A month-long investigation into the fatal shooting on the film’s set in October 2021 has brought to light violations of safety regulations, it said. The authority accuses the producers of disregarding safety protocols for the use of weapons. For example, there should never have been “live ammunition” at the location or a gun should have been aimed at a person, the investigation report said. The “tragic incident” could have been avoided.
During the shooting of the low-budget western “Rust” on a film ranch in Santa Fe, chief camerawoman Halyna Hutchins (42) was fatally injured and director Joel Souza was hit in the shoulder. Baldwin, who served as lead actor and producer on the film, had used the gun in rehearsal for one scene. Investigations revealed that the Colt had a real bullet lodged in it. Police investigations into how this happened are ongoing.