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Rust director Joel Souza 'gutted' by Halyna Hutchins' death: 'She pushed me to be better'
Rust director Joel Souza says he is "gutted" by the loss of his colleague Halyna Hutchins, who was killed when a prop gun was fired on the film's set by Alec Baldwin. Souza, 48, was injured in Thursday's shooting and has been released from hospital, and has spoken for the first time about the incident in a statement shared with Deadline. "I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch, and always pushed me to be better," Souza said.
A lawyer representing David Halls, an assistant director on the set of the film Rust, said it was not Halls' responsibility to confirm whether the gun handed towas loaded, despite Halls previously acknowledging to investigators that he should have checked all the rounds before declaring the firearm safe.
"He's not responsible for checking it," lawyer Lisa Torraco said in an interview on Fox News on Monday.
"That's not the assistant director's job. If he chooses to check the firearm because he wants to make sure that everyone's safe, he can do that, but that's not his responsibility."
'Rust' crew member who gave Baldwin gun subject of previous safety complaint
'Rust' crew member who gave Baldwin gun subject of previous safety complaintAlec Baldwin was given prop gun by crew member who had a previous safety complaint against him
According to a detective'sfiled last week, Halls acknowledged to investigators he should have checked all the rounds loaded in the weapon and "couldn't recall if he spun the drum" before the that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
"David advised the incident was not a deliberate act," the detective writes.
Torraco said Halls wasn't required to check the gun.
"Expecting an assistant director to check a firearm is like telling the assistant director to check the camera angle or telling the assistant director to check sound or lighting," Torraco said.
Stars in disbelief over Alec Baldwin fatal prop gun shooting: 'Mismanaged set'
As questions linger about safety protocols on the “Rust” movie set where Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer with a prop gun he’d been told was safe, Hollywood professionals familiar with safety measures and handling weapons on sets are left baffled. Jeffrey Wright, who has worked on projects including the James Bond franchise and the upcoming movie "The Batman," was acting with a weapon on the set of "Westworld" when news broke of the shooting Thursday at a New Mexico ranch. "We were all pretty shocked. And it informed what we did from that moment on," he said in an interview Sunday at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
According to the, Halls, in his , spoke of his relationship with Hutchins.
"Halyna Hutchins was not just one of the most talented people I've worked with, but also a friend," he said in the statement. "I'm shocked and saddened by her death."
Although Halls didn't address details of the investigation, he did comment on changes he would like to see within the industry.
"It's my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again," his statement read.
According to the Post, Halls said he has been "overwhelmed by the love and support" and that his "thoughts are with all who knew and loved Halyna."
Should Alec Baldwin get a lawyer following 'Rust' accidental shooting?
Following an accidental shooting incident that occurred on the set of the indie-western “Rust,” Alec Baldwin is cooperating with an investigation that may find him criminally liable for the death of Halyna Hutchins. On Thursday, Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the movie that required him to cross-draw a revolver that he was led to believe did not contain live ammunition. When he pulled the trigger, the gun went off fatally striking Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza’s right shoulder.
CNN has made repeated attempts to reach out to Halls and he has not responded. His lawyer declined to comment to CNN on Monday.
How gun with live round got to Baldwin still a question
Torraco said witnesses have told her team that the armourer or the armourer's assistant brought the gun on set.
Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the gun supervisor for the film,.
"Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced," lawyers Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence said in a statement. "Hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from."
Torraco said some witnesses told her team the armourer handed the gun directly to Baldwin and then Baldwin put it inside a holster. Some witnesses also said Baldwin wanted to adjust his holster and handed the firearm to Halls, who immediately handed the firearm back after the actor adjusted his holster, Torraco added.
‘Rust’ armorer breaks silence on Alec Baldwin shooting incident, blames producers for unsafe conditions
Hannah Gutierrez Reed spoke out to deny certain rumors about the on-set shooting involving Alec Baldwin that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead. Gutierrez Reed, the armorer on the set of "Rust" who was responsible for the safety and handling of firearms on the set, is currently a main focus of the investigation into the death of Hutchins, according to Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza. She was one of the very few people who handled the gun prior to Baldwin discharging it on set last Thursday.
According to Torraco, other witnesses have said the armourer brought the firearm in, another crew member checked the firearm, and then Halls checked the firearm "like a pass-through" and handed it to Baldwin "because he was between the two," Torraco said.
But she said one thing has been erroneously reported about what Halls did that day.
"In the affidavits, it states that my client grabbed the gun off of a prop cart and handed it to Baldwin. That absolutely did not happen," Torraco said.
Sante Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said investigators used different statements in the affidavits.
"Those aren't all inclusive of all the statements, obviously, in the investigation," he told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "So there are statements that Mr. Halls either inspected or handled the firearm prior to giving it to Mr. Baldwin."
Mendoza said that it's important for Halls and others to cooperate with investigators and come in for follow-up interviews.
"If Mr. Halls sees what happened on the set that day different then come and explain to us how it happened," the sheriff said.
Alec Baldwin appears distraught during dinner with wife Hilaria
Hilaria Baldwin, 37, was seen Friday night comforting her grieving husband, actor Alec Baldwin, 63, at a private bar in Manchester. Vermont.The couple were photographed eating multiple plates of food at the venue in Manchester, Vermont, on Friday night after it was closed-off to members of the public.
The sheriff added that some of the people they want to speak with again have not agreed to, on advice of their lawyers.
Torraco said whether her client handed the gun to Baldwin isn't important.
"My client didn't load the firearm. My client didn't point the firearm at anyone. And my client didn't pull the trigger," Torraco said. "The armourer comes in, the armourer opens the firearm, my client looks at it and one of the other crew members also checks it. Whether or not he handed the firearm directly to Alec Baldwin at that moment or whether the armourer handed it directly to Alec Baldwin at that moment doesn't really matter because he didn't load it."
An earlier affidavit says Halls yelled, "cold gun," which means the firearms didn't have live rounds, before handing the gun to Baldwin.
CNN has reached out to Torraco for comment.
Baldwin 'extremely interested' in future gun safety
Baldwin said this weekend he talks to the detectives every day.
"We are eagerly awaiting the Sheriff's Department telling us what their investigation has yielded,"who were following him and his wife in Manchester, Vermont.
He told them he couldn't comment on what happened because there is an ongoing investigation.
Baldwin said he couldn't answer whether he would ever work on another film set that involved firearms like those used on the set of Rust.
Crisis manager advises the Baldwins to stop posting on social media: 'Better off to wait'
After the fatal shooting of "Rust" cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the Baldwins' Twitter and Instagram activity can be misinterpreted, according to one expert.Despite the tragedy, both the actor and his wife are continuing to post on social media. Most recently, Hilaria posted about her lost cat (which was later found) and her kids' Halloween costumes while Alec tweeted political jabs at Sen. Joe Manchin, D. W.Va.
"I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I'm extremely interested in," Baldwin said. "But remember, something that I think is important, and that is how many bullets have been fired in films and TV shows in the last 75 years? This is America. How many bullets have gone off in movies and on TV sets ... and nearly all of them without incident."
In the case of something going wrong and in the wake of "this horrible catastrophic thing, some new measures have to take place," he said, including the possibility of using rubber guns or plastic guns.
"That's not for me to decide," Baldwin stated.
No criminal charges have been filed, but the district attorney for Santa Fe County said recently.
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Alec Baldwin Is Sued by 'Rust' Gaffer Serge Svetnoy for Negligence .
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed during the fatal incident.According to court docs obtained by multiple outlets, Svetnoy is claiming the defendants' alleged negligence caused him severe emotional distress in the aftermath of the incident, in which Baldwin discharged a gun being used as a prop, leading to Hutchins' death and Souza's injury.