Ukrainian cinematographer killed on set, actor who fired gun freed

Canan Kevser
25 October 2021, 10:38
Canan Kevser
25 October 2021, 10:38

Ukrainian-American cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead by actor Alec Baldwin on a film set. Following an investigation, no charges have been filed against the actor for his actions that killed the cinematographer and wounded the director.

Hutchins, 42, was struck in the chest and died shortly after the incident in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico on October 21, while director Joel Souza, 48, was wounded and briefly hospitalized.

Alec Baldwin

According to court documents, the assistant director handed the weapon to the actor, describing it as a "cold gun" that indicated it was safe.

The documents which were filed in support of a search warrant request said that assistant director Dave Halls did not know the gun contained live ammunition.

The shooting took place during a rehearsal for a movie titled Rust, a Western starring Baldwin, but it was unclear whether the scene has been filmed.

Halyna Hutchins

In a series of messages on Twitter, Baldwin said there were no words to convey his “shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins.”

The actor cooperated with investigators and no charges have been filed.

Director of the film Souza spoke out about the shooting for the first time on October 23, saying he was "gutted" by the loss of Hutchins.

Joel Souza

The production of Rust was immediately halted after the shooting. There also have been reports that the shooting occurred only hours after a walk-out by film crew members over various complaints about working conditions.