US actor Alec Baldwin was practicing taking a gun from its holster and pointing it at the camera when he shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust,” the director said in affidavit or a written statement.
Baldwin, 63, was “sitting on a pew on a church building set, and he was training to draw a gun,” said director Joel Souza, “pointing a revolver at the camera lens.”
Souza told the researchers inside affidavit released by the Santa Fe County Shreiff Office that he was over Hutchins’ shoulder “when he heard the bang.”
The director said he remembers Hutchins, 42, “complaining about his stomach and clutching his front.”
“Halyna staggered backwards and was helped to lay her down on the floor,” said the affidavit checked by AFP. “Joel explained that his shoulder was bleeding and he could see blood coming out of Halyna’s body.”
Hutchins was shot in the chest when Baldwin fired a property gun he thought was safe on the set of the film in New Mexico on October 21. Hutchins was pronounced dead in hospital hours later.
Souza, 48, was hospitalized and has since been released.
No one has been charged or arrested. [vm/jm]