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.
Safety rules were “routinely” not observed
New Mexico authorities launched an investigation into possible health and safety violations following the incident. In a report that has now been released, they conclude that the producers have shown an “apparent indifference to the dangers associated with firearms”.
According to the report, the safety rules were “routinely” not complied with. In addition, those responsible ignored complaints from employees about previous incidents with firearms.
In the course of the criminal investigations by the police and the public prosecutor’s office, no one has yet been formally accused or even charged. However, the investigators have not ruled out that this could still happen. (AFP)