Baldwin affair: the actor was practicing to draw when the fatal blow was gone

the essential The director Joel Souza, injured in the shoulder by the shooting and in convalescence, declared to have heard what sounded like “the sound of a whip, and a big” pan ” “while standing behind the victim, specifies this new preliminary investigation report.

Actor Alec Baldwin was practicing drawing his gun, pointed at the camera, when the fatal shot came in the direction of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died during the shooting of the movie “Rust”, in the United States. United, according to new details on the drama revealed this Monday 25 October.

Director Joel Souza, injured in the shoulder by the shooting and recovering, said he heard what sounded like “the sound of a whip, and a big” bang “” as he stood behind the victim, says this new preliminary investigation report consulted by AFP. “Alec (Baldwin) was sitting on a bench in a church setting, and he was practicing drawing,” the document reports. The director was looking at him over the shoulder of the 42 year-old cinematographer, who was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead hours later.

After the gunshot, the filmmaker “grabbed the abdomen” and said she could not feel her legs anymore, the director said, adding that she “started to stumble back” and was “helped to stand up. put down “.

Cameraman Reid Russell clarified that the scene was not filmed as the crew were preparing to shoot.


Assistant director Dave Halls had claimed that the weapon was “cold”, meaning not loaded with a live bullet in cinematic jargon. Joel Souza, however, said “he was not sure” that the weapon had undergone another security check after the team’s lunch break. In any case, a gunshot was fired, an accident that caused a shockwave in Hollywood.

The investigation, still ongoing, has not yet clarified the responsibilities of those present that day – no prosecution has been initiated – but attention is focused on those who handled the weapon before. the shot.

According to Joel Souza, apart from actor Alec Baldwin, two people wielded the weapon. The first, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, is a 24 year old movie gunsmith. It was she who had prepared the revolver, and placed it on a cart with two other weapons. After the shot, she was given the weapon and collected the used cartridge case, before handing them over to the police when they arrived. The second, assistant director Dave Halls handed the gun to the actor, informing him that it was not loaded.

Dave Halls “didn’t know the gun was loaded with live ammunition,” says another report from an agent in the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Reputation negative

The assistant director, described as an experienced professional, nevertheless suffered from a negative reputation for allowing dangerous practices to take place on the set, NBC News said on Sunday, as a vigil in homage to Halyna Hutchins was organized in Burbank, near Los Angeles. The mood was loaded with bitterness and sadness, with attendees eager to know how such a tragedy had been possible.

The drama launched a debate on the safety of the teams and the use of weapons on the sets.

A petition on the site , calling for a ban on live firearms on filming and for better working conditions for the teams, had collected more than 24 signatures on Monday.

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