The assistant director of Rust that he gave to Alec baldwin the loaded gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins broke his silence on the tragedy to demand changes in security in filming settings.
David halls issued a statement on the October 21 shooting on Monday, saying: “Halyna Hutchins was not only one of the most talented people I have ever worked with, but also a friend. I am shocked and saddened by his death.
“I am hopeful that this tragedy will prompt the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure that no one is harmed again through the creative process.”, He added.
Halls’ first public comments came days after police identified him as one of the four people who had contact with the firearm that Baldwin accidentally discharged on set, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
Halls concluded by saying that he has been “overwhelmed by the love and support” he has received and that “his thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”
An affidavit filed with Santa Fe authorities last week revealed that Halls told investigators that did not check all the bullets in the barrel of the gun to make sure they were fake bullets before handing it over to Baldwin and said “cold pistol”, indicating that he had no ammo.
He stated that when the armory of Rust, Hannah Gutiérrez-Reed, “showed” him the weapon that Baldwin later used “before continuing with the test, he only remembered seeing three rounds,” wrote a detective in the affidavit.
Halls “warned that he should have checked them all, but didn’t and couldn’t remember“Yes Gutierrez-Reed” spun the drum, “wrote the detective.
When asked about safety procedures regarding weapons, Halls said: “I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there is no real fire. “
He added that Gutiérrez-Reed “opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say ‘cold gun’ on set.”
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said during a news conference last week thatThe pistol was a .45 Long Colt with a real bullet in the barrel. He said a “lead projectile” appeared to have pierced Hutchins before embedding itself in Souza’s shoulder.
Investigators are still working to determine how live ammunition ended up on set. and who placed it on the firearm.
The affidavit filed last Wednesday said Gutiérrez-Reed had assured authorities thatOn the day the shooting happened, he “made sure they weren’t ‘hot’ rounds.” When the film crew took a lunch break, the weapons were ‘kept in a safe in the’ utility truck ‘”.
“During lunch, [Gutiérrez-Reed] said the ammunition was left in a cart on set, not secured, ”the affidavit reads.
Gutiérrez-Reed pointed out to detectives that after the lunch break, Team member Sarah Zachary “removed the firearms from the safe inside the truck and handed them over to him.”
Added that only a small number of people knew the combination to access the safe.
“During the course of filming, Hannah advised that he handed the gun to Alec Baldwin a couple [de] times, and also gave it to David Halls ”, says the affidavit. When asked about live ammunition on set, Hannah replied that “live ammunition is never kept on set.”
In a statement through his attorneys, Gutiérrez-Reed suggested that the producers of Rustincluding Baldwin are responsible for irregularities on set and claimed that their repeated requests for more training and safety meetings were ignored.