Alec Baldwin strikes back at allegations of ‘chaos’ on the Rust set before fatal shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin has shared a message on social media in which he disputes reports of chaos and a lax attitude to safety on the set of the western film Rust, in which he accidentally shot and killed a film photographer.

Sir. Baldwin wrote “Read This” and resubmitted lengthy remarks from Terese Magpale Davis, who worked in the wardrobe department at Rust.

“I’m so tired of this story,” Mrs. Davis wrote.

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On October 21, film photographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a bullet fired from a gun fired by Mr. Baldwin used to rehearse a scene on the Rust set in New Mexico.

The actor had been told the weapon was “cold” or safe to use, according to court documents from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the incident.

Camera operators walked out of the Rust set before the incident in protest of working conditions, authorities have said.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said last week that he felt there was complacency with the production in terms of safety.

Lawyers for the armor man in charge of the weapons used in the filming said production was uncertain due to various factors, including the lack of security meetings.

Mrs Davis, however, said the crew had several safety meetings, “sometimes several a day.”

The production team “were some of the most welcoming and warm producers I have ever worked with,” she added.

Mrs Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sir. Baldwin, who also served as one of the film’s producers, has said he is crushed and will support restrictions on the use of real weapons on film and television.

Production company Rust Media Productions says it was not made aware of any official complaints, and has hired a law firm to investigate the incident.

Reuters

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