The “Rust ” Crew member who gave Alec Baldwin the prop gun that caused Halyna Hutchins to be killed was also previously subject to a safety complaint.
Crew member Maggie Goll said in a statement to The Associated Press that she filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series in 2019 over concerns about assistant director Dave Halls’ behavior on set. Goll stated in an email that Halls ignored safety protocol for weapons and pyrotechnics, and attempted to continue filming when a crew member “slipped into a diabetic fog state.” “
“He didn’t maintain a safe work environment,” Goll stated to NBC News. Safety meetings did not exist. “Sets became increasingly claustrophobic. There were no fire lanes or exits that were blocked. “
Baldwin fired a prop gun on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust” Thursday, killing 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her. Souza was released from an .hospital. According to reports, Halls gave Baldwin the gun. He misunderstoodly stated that the weapon was “cold guns,” meaning it wasn’t loaded. According to records ., the firearm was actually loaded with live ammunition .
The gun Baldwin used was one of three that a firearms specialist, or armorer, had set on a cart outside the building where a scene was being rehearsed, according to court records. According to court records, Halls took a gun from a cart and gave it to Baldwin.
Alec Baldwin was killed in an accident on set of “Rust”
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Baldwin, 63, who is known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and his impression of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” broke his silence on the shooting on Friday, one day after the incident.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin said on Twitter.
” I’m willing to cooperate with the police to investigate how this tragedy took place and am in contact with my husband to offer my support and love to his family. The actor said that her husband and their son are in my thoughts and hearts.
Baldwin, who is a producer on “Rust,” met with Hutchins’ husband and 9-year-old son Saturday at a hotel in Santa Fe where the actor had been staying during filming. Baldwin can be seen hugging Hutchins in an intimate meeting.
Goll, a prop maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said in her email that Halls’ behavior on set has concerned her in the past.
Halyna Houtchins was killed on set of Rust.
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During work on “Into the Dark,” Halls didn’t hold safety meetings and consistently failed to announce the presence of a firearm on set to the crew, as is protocol, Goll said. Halls was repeatedly reprimanded by the assistant prop master for firing actresses and actors before returning weapons to the props tables.
“She stated that the only reason crew members were made aware of the presence of weapons was because the assistant propmaster demanded Dave to acknowledge the situation and make an announcement each day.
The Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., is shown Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western being filmed at the ranch on Thursday, Oct. 21, killing the cinematographer, officials said. Authorities are currently investigating the incident.
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She filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Blumhouse Productions, she said.
” To my knowledge, nothing was done following my complaints,” she wrote.
A spokesman for Blumhouse Productions told NBC News, “We used non-firing, dummy firearm props during the production of “Pure.” Safety concerns were not raised via Blumhouse Productions’ anonymous reporting system EthicsPoint/Navex. “
” We cannot comment on personnel issues,” Blumhouse spokeswoman added about allegations made against Halls.
Fox News failed to get in touch with Halls.
“I am gutted at not pushing harder for greater accountability and safety,” Goll said. Many of us have emailed each other asking the same question: “Is there anything we could have done to prevent the tragedy?” Goll said. It’s a terrible feeling. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.