Big fine for producers of US westerns after the death of a camerawoman

After the death of camerawoman Halyna Hutchins (1979-2021) on the set of the western “Rust”, the US authorities imposed a fine of almost 137,000 dollars on the film’s producers. This is “the highest fine permitted under New Mexico state law,” said the local health authorities on Wednesday. The criminal investigations by the police and the public prosecutor’s office are still ongoing.

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin (64) accidentally shot the 42-year-old camerawoman with a prop gun while filming the low-budget western in New Mexico last October. Director Joel Souza (48) was hit in the shoulder and injured. The revolver had apparently been loaded with at least one real bullet. It is not yet clear how this could have happened. Baldwin was involved not only as a lead actor but also as one of the producers on the film. The Hollywood star denied any responsibility for Hutchins’ death.