“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin said.
Director Joel Souza recalled “hearing what sounded like a whip and then loud pop” on the film’s New Mexico set last Thursday, before Hutchins grabbed her midsection, CNN reported, citing a search warrant affidavit released Sunday.
Assistant director Dave Halls told investigators last week that he didn’t realize the gun was loaded when he handed it to Baldwin. Souza recalled hearing “cold gun” on set, indicating the prop wasn’t loaded, according to his conversation with investigators. The director has been released from the hospital.
Production for “Rust” will remain paused until an investigation is over, the Western film’s producers told staff members in a letter Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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