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Shot dead by Alec Baldwin: Authority fines him

After Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting on the film set in Santa Fe, the local health and safety agency accuses the producers of serious negligence. According to the report, the incident could have been avoided.

According to the authorities, the producers of Rust are said to have violated safety regulations on the film set.

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(dpa) After the death of a camerawoman while shooting a film with Hollywood star Alec Baldwin, an American occupational safety agency has fined her for lack of safety on the set. The producers of the western “Rust” have to pay a maximum fine of almost $ 137,000 (about 126,000 euros), as the authorities in Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced on Wednesday.

A month-long investigation into the fatal shooting on the film’s set in October 2021 has brought to light violations of safety regulations, it said. The authority accuses the producers of disregarding safety protocols for the use of weapons. For example, there should never have been “live ammunition” at the location or a gun should have been aimed at a person, the investigation report said. The “tragic incident” could have been avoided.

During the shooting of the low-budget western “Rust” on a film ranch in Santa Fe, chief camerawoman Halyna Hutchins (42) was fatally injured and director Joel Souza was hit in the shoulder. Baldwin, who served as lead actor and producer on the film, had used the gun in rehearsal for one scene. Investigations revealed that the Colt had a real bullet lodged in it. Police investigations into how this happened are ongoing.

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