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The Propeller pistol with which Alec Baldwin fatally wounded cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, failed three times prior to the incident, twice on Saturday and once more the week before, reported the Los Angeles Times.
An unidentified production member told the newspaper that “there was a serious lack of security meetings on this set.”
Hannah Gutiérrez Reed, “prop master” who wielded the weapon with which the cinematographer died in Alec Baldwin’s film “Rust” was “freshly brought” to production amid a protest over conditions on set.
Gutiérrez Reed was hired to replace the first man in charge of the prop weapons amid alleged complaints about the lack of security measures on set.
Another source briefed on the situation told the New York Post that a team of workers had pulled out of the film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday morning, allegedly due to poor security protocols. before the 68-year-old Baldwin fired the gun. later, that day.
The union of workers who left the set claimed that the support pistol had a bullet when it was fired and killed 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and 48-year-old injured director Joel Souza.
In a 911 recording obtained by TMZ, a woman who identifies herself as the film’s script supervisor is heard blaming the accident on someone whose name was apparently silenced.
“Okay, this damn (beep) yelled at me at lunch asking for reviews, this son of a bitch,” was heard on the audio.
Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ co-star Jensen Ackles spoke about weapons training days before the tragedy.
“Did you see him lean over my desk and yell at me? He’s supposed to check the weapons. He is responsible for what happened, ”he said, without identifying who he was referring to.
A production member who spoke anonymously told the Los Angeles Times that Hutchins had been advocating for safer working conditions for his team.
The newspaper reported that half a dozen workers on the camera crew went on strike on Thursday to protest their working conditions.
The crew reportedly showed up as scheduled at 6:30 a.m., but began gathering their gear and personal possessions to leave.
Apparently, an agreement was reached because, according to the Californian newspaper, the workers, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, later spent about an hour preparing their equipment.
But several non-union workers reportedly came forward to replace them, and a member of the production staff ordered the disgruntled team to leave.
The production staff member threatened to call security to remove the workers if they did not come voluntarily, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Thursday’s fatal shooting took place about six hours after they left.
“They brought in people who were not unionized so they could continue shooting,” the expert team member told the newspaper.
The camera crew’s complaints reportedly included long hours and salary issues.
Attorney Louis Shapiro predicted that Thursday’s shooting would lead to a wrongful death lawsuit and potentially a criminal case.
“The question is: Who is it that is negligent here?” He told the New York Post.
“Where is the duty of care to make sure the gun is properly loaded and used correctly? That duty does not fall on the actor. The actor just got something. The duty of care falls on the person with the accessory ”.
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