Saturday, June 15, 2024

Producers of Alec Baldwin Movie “Rust” Where Filmmaker Was Killed Fined $136,793 for “Avoidable” Death


It won’t be much consolation to the family of dead cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. But the New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) has fined the producers of the Alec Baldwin movie “Rust” $136,793 for Hutchins’ “avoidable” death last winter on set.

You may recall that Baldwin allegedly fired a gun that was loaded with real bullets, or didn’t fire the gun but it discharged, killing Hutchins and wounding the film’s director.

Quoting from the OHSB’s press release: “The report concludes that Rust Movie Productions, LLC
management knew that firearm safety procedures were not being followed on set and demonstrated plain indifference to employee safety by failing to review work practices and take corrective action.”

Environment Cabinet Secretary James Kenney said: “Our investigation found that this tragic incident never would have happened if Rust Movie Productions, LLC had followed national film industry standards for firearm safety,” said “This is a complete failure of the employer to follow recognized national protocols that keep employees safe.”

You can watch the video statement here:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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