Entertainment Alec Baldwin insists he isn't responsible for Halyna Hutchins' death on Rust set
Ex-Rust crew member 'never felt as close to death' on a set as he did in days before Halyna Hutchins shooting
A former crew member on the film Rust said he "never felt as close to death" on a set as he did in the days before Halyna Hutchins was killed. © Other Lead camera operator Lane Luper (right) worked with Halyna Hutchins on Rust Lane Luper was the lead camera operator for the production but resigned the day before his friend and cinematographer Ms Hutchins was shot dead with a live bullet, fired by the film's star actor, Alec Baldwin.In his resignation letter to a production manager, seen by Sky News, Mr Luper highlights concerns about the safety and welfare of crew as the reason for him walking away.
Alec Baldwin has insisted he isn't to blame for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust.
The 30 Rock actor was rehearsing a scene at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico in late October when his prop firearm accidentally discharged, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
Opening up about the incident for the first time with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin insisted he doesn't consider himself responsible for Hutchins' death.
"Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property," he stated in the interview, which aired in the U.S. on Thursday. "Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can't say who that is, but I know it's not me.
A Rust Crew Member Is Now Suing Alec Baldwin And The Production Following Fatal Shooting
The situation surrounding Rust's fatal shooting continues to develop.The chief of lighting for Rust, Serge Svetnoa has filed a lawsuit against Rust Movie Productions LLC, the production company put in place to make the movie, which includes Alec Baldwin as a producer. Baldwin is also specifically named in the suit requesting punitive damages. As reported by NBC, Svetnoa accuses the producers of being “consciously aware of the wrongfulness and harmfulness of their conduct.
"I don't know what happened on that set. I don't know how that bullet arrived in that gun. I don't know."
Video: Alec Baldwin breaks his silence on Halyna Hutchins' death on 'Rust' movie set (FOX News)
The 63-year-old insisted he simply put his trust in armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director David Halls, who handed him the firearm and called it a "cold gun". He told Stephanopoulos that he doesn't feel any guilt, saying, "I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible", and added that he's been told, "It's highly unlikely that I would be charged with anything criminally."
Recounting the events leading up to the incident, Baldwin explained that he and Hutchins were blocking a scene and she was instructing him on how to position the revolver for the best camera angle. To get the right shot, Baldwin revealed he needed to cock the gun - or pull the hammer down to get the gun ready to fire - but not to fire it.
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'When someone notified me that she was dead, I stood in my driveway screaming', Mamie Mitchell recalled of her friend's deathMs Mitchell says witnessing the killing of her friend had “taken away the joy in my life”, telling a press conference on Wednesday: “I relive the shooting and the sound of the explosion from the gun over and over again. I’m depressed, I don’t feel safe. I feel like at any moment anything could happen to me, and to those that I care about.
"I cock the gun. I go, 'Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?'" Baldwin recalled. "And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off... I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them."
When Hutchins went down, the actor wondered if she had fainted or had a heart attack, adding, "The idea that someone put a live bullet in the gun was not even in reality."
He addressed claims made him Gutierrez-Reed's lawyer, who said somebody may have tried to sabotage the set by putting a live bullet in a box of dummy rounds. Baldwin insisted he couldn't imagine that being the case and it was "overwhelmingly likely that it was an accident."
An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.
Alec Baldwin shares supportive letter from Rust cast and crew .
Some of the cast and crew of 'Rust' have released a public letter blasting the "public narrative surrounding [their] workplace tragedy".In October, Alec - the star and producer of the movie - accidentally fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while rehearsing a scene and after claims the set was unsafe, Alec has shared a letter from some of his co-workers, which blasts the "public narrative surrounding our workplace tragedy",