Alec Baldwin shares Rust crew members statement denying chaotic conditions
Alec Baldwin has shared a crewmate's statement insisting there were no safety concerns on the filmset of Rust, prior to a tragic shooting death.
The 63 year old actor's move comes nearly two weeks after the accidental shooting, in which a prop gun Alec was holding fired unexpectedly – killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The film’s director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting.
A police investigation is ongoing into the shooting, specifically looking into how the live round came to be in the firearm.
Now, Alec has shared a post by costume designer Terese Magpale Davis, who said she worked on the film, refuting any idea that they worked in "unsafe, chaotic conditions" while filming.
Captioned "Read this," on Alec's Instagram, Terese explained that "the story being spun of us being overworked and surrounded by unsafe, chaotic conditions is bulls**t."
Terese claimed that "no one was too tired to do their jobs" as they worked under 12 hours "most days". She said this was "provable by daily time sheets".
She went on to speak on how the producers treated the crew – including Alec, who was both an actor and an executive producer on set.
"These producers who supposedly don't care about their crew have worked tirelessly alongside us. They were some of the most approachable and warm producers I've ever worked with," she wrote. "Concerns were heard and addressed."
She then defended the film's weapons expert, armorer Hannah Guitierrez Reed, who gave the gun to assistant director David Halls before he handed it over to Alec and told him it was a "cold gun".
"The armorer had apprenticed to a well known armorer and had been in the same position on the same type of movie a few months before," Terese said.
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She admitted that the armorer wasn't the "most experienced" person, but argued that "we all had a first and second job at one point or another."
Terese continued: "The misfired were accidental discharges, which are more common than you think. Yes, there is a difference. And the guns were checked immediately afterwards and the discharges were announced on set. and apologized for (I was right there).
"We had several safety meetings. Sometimes multiple per day.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
"Our AD never seemed flippant about safety. He may have in other shows, but he wasn't like that on ours. Obvious he screwed up majorly that day."
Terese admitted she's "angry with him" but went on to explain: "This was about gun safety. Something we could all stand to learn a little more about so that we know if we're seeing something a bit off.
"I know that's not as much fun to jump on as vilifying producers. Personal responsibility is the last thing anyone wants to focus on in a tragedy."
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