Alec Baldwin was given prop gun by crew member who had a previous safety complaint against him

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Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun, which he was told was ‘cold’, meaning to take off

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The “Rust” crew member, who allegedly gave Alec Baldwin a prop gun that killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins, was previously the subject of a security complaint.

Crew member Maggie Gall said in a statement to The Associated Press that she filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series in 2019 over concerns about assistant director Dave Hall’s behavior on set . Gall said in an email on Sunday that Hall disobeyed safety protocols for weapons and pyrotechnics and tried to continue filming after a crew member “slipped into a diabetic fugue state.”

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“They didn’t maintain a safe working environment,” Gall told NBC News. “Sets were almost always allowed to become claustrophobic, with no established fire lanes, blocked exits … security meetings were nonexistent.”

Baldwin fired a prop gun on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust” on Thursday, killing 42-year-old Helena Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza, who was standing behind him. Souza has since been discharged from the hospital. It was previously reported that Hall had handed the shotgun to Baldwin, at which time mistakenly declared that it was a “cold gun”, implying that it was an unloaded weapon. Instead, it was filled with live rounds, according to the record.

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According to court records, the gun Baldwin used was one of three that a firearms specialist, or “armorer,” had kept in a carriage outside the building where a scene was being rehearsed. According to records, Hall grabbed a gun from a car and handed it to Baldwin.

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Baldwin, 63, best known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and for his impression of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” said Friday a day later. Ko broke his silence on the shoot. accident.

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins,” Baldwin said on Twitter.

“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to find out how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart goes out to her husband, Broken for his son and all those who knew and loved Halina,” the actor concluded.

Baldwin, who is the producer of “Rust,” met Hutchins’ husband and 9-year-old son on Saturday at a hotel in Santa Fe where the actor was staying during filming. Baldwin and Hutchins’ husband can be seen embracing in an emotional rendezvous.

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Gaul, a prop maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said in his email that Hall’s behavior on set has worried him in the past.

Galles said, during work on “Into the Dark”, Hall did not hold security meetings and consistently failed to announce to the crew the presence of a firearm on set, as is protocol. The assistant prop master had warned Hall several times to sack actors and actresses before returning weapons to the prop tables, she said.

“The only reason the crew was made aware of the presence of a weapon was because the assistant prop master sought to acknowledge and announce the situation to Dave each day,” she wrote.

Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, NM is shown on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a western being filmed at the farm on Thursday, October 21, killing the cinematographer, officials said.  The film's director was injured, and officials are investigating.

She filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Blumhouse Productions, she said.

“To my knowledge nothing has been done after my complaints,” she wrote.

A spokesperson for Blumhouse Productions said NBC News, “We used non-firing, dummy firearm props during the making of “Pure.”

“We cannot comment on personnel matters,” a Blumhouse spokesman added regarding the allegations against Hall.

Granthshala News’ attempts to reach the hall were not successful.

“I’m disappointed not to work hard for greater accountability and security,” Gaul said. “Many of us have messaged each other thinking the same thing: Is there anything we could have done that would have prevented the tragedy? It’s a terrible feeling.”


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