‘This Is Super Unsafe’: Negligence On ‘Rust’ Set Before Fatal Shooting

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At a glance

  • A New Mexico prosecutor announced Thursday that Alec Baldwin faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his movie, “Rust” — but reports circulated alleging negligence on set prior to Hutchins’ death in 2021.
  • The producers of “Rust” reportedly had already been dealing with complaints surrounding the safety of their cast and crew, including allegations of accidental discharges and labor unrest. Hours before the fatal shooting took place, roughly six crew members walked off the set to protest the working conditions, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times originally published Oct. 22, 2021. Baldwin was an actor in the film as well as a producer.
  • “There should have been an investigation into what happened,” a crew member told the outlet. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”

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