Rust shooting: prosecutor rejects sabotage conspiracy theory | Rusting movie set shooting
The prosecutor investigating the fatal shooting shooting in Rust in New Mexico last month has dismissed conspiracy theories launched by defense attorneys for team members suggesting that the cinematographer’s death may have been the result of a mysterious sabotage plot.
“We have no evidence,” Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told ABC News in an interview that aired Wednesday morning.
“Do you think sabotage is a possibility? “Asked a journalist, to whom Carmack-Altwies firmly replied:” No.
The tragedy occurred in a desert western film set in New Mexico when actor Alec Baldwin, also producer on the project, unintentionally fired a loaded gun while rehearsing a scene and the shot killed the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and injured director, Joel Souza, who stood behind her.
Baldwin was handed a gun by deputy principal Dave Halls, who said it was “cold” or safe to use, court documents show.
Police investigated the shooting together with the Carmack-Altwies office and the tragedy also sparked a heated debate in Hollywood over the working conditions of crews on television and film sets.
Carmack-Altwies said that if it turned out that someone had indeed sabotaged the film set, his office would “certainly look at a higher level of murder charge than what we could potentially examine with the facts that we currently have “.
Last week, Jason Bowles, lawyer for 24-year-old gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, said someone may have sabotaged the film set, noting: “I think someone who would do that would want to sabotage the film set. plateau, would like to prove a point, to mean that they are unhappy, they are unhappy.
He added: “We know there was an actual bullet in a box of dummy bullets that shouldn’t have been there… We have a time frame… in which the guns were sometimes unattended, so there was a possibility of falsifying this scene. “
Carmack-Altwies raised concerns about “many levels of chess” on the set, adding that she understands that more than one live trick was found on the set, without disclosing the exact number. .
“We still don’t know how they got on the set and how they got there, I think that will be one of the most important factors for a [criminal] indictment decision, ”she said.
Carmack-Altwies also confirmed that she knew the identity of the person who loaded the gun but declined to provide details. Additionally, she took issue with the claims of Lisa Torraco, an attorney for the deputy director, who said Halls had not taken the gun from the prop cart and handed it to Baldwin.
“Yes, it appears to be,” Carmack-Altwies said in response to whether she believed Halls handed the gun to the actor.
Since filming, workers in the New Mexico film industry have demanded better film training and tighter gun regulations on production sets.
A dozen producers, set directors, crew members and actors interviewed by Reuters said the industry’s growth had far exceeded the state’s supply of skilled crew, putting the safety of the set at risk.
Up to a third of the staff in some departments on big-budget productions may be inexperienced or on their first film, according to a senior crew member and two set managers.
Low-budget productions like Rust scramble to find qualified staff as large companies like Netflix and Universal, both with production centers in New Mexico, hire up to 300 crews, two producers said.
New Mexico does not require any special training or permits for gunsmiths to handle real firearms.