The testimony of the director, Joel Souza, on his release from hospital, reveals the circumstances which led to the death of op ‘conductor, Halyna Hutchins.
The vagueness around the death of Halyna Hutchins is slowly but surely dissipating. The director of photography of Rust was obviously killed whileAlec baldwin repeated a scene, Variety reports, citing an official source. According to the first testimonies collected, the actor was pointing a revolver in the direction of a camera lens, practicing drawing. It is the director of the film, Joel Souza, also injured in the drama, who told this version of the facts to the authorities, after his release from the hospital.
Souza also confirmed that the cast and crew were assured that Baldwin was handling a “cold gun“, which means that it should not have contained live ammunition.
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Variety explains that on-set security protocols required the film’s armory manager, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, to verify that the barrel was empty. His work should then have been rechecked by the deputy director of Rust, Dave Halls, before the gun was handed over to the cast. Joel Souza and Halyna Hutchins stood behind the camera to view the angle. Alec baldwin sat on a bench, facing the camera, dressed in a cowboy outfit. After noticing an annoying shadow, Souza and Hutchins repositioned their equipment and chatted with the actor. Alec baldwin Then showed them how he planned to unsheathe the gun from its holster, when the shot was fired.
Reid Russell, a cameraman who stood next to the two, told police he “remembered Joel had blood on him and Mrs. Hutchins was talking and saying she couldn’t feel his legsThe operator died of her injuries after being flown to an Albuquerque hospital. She was 42 years old.