Assistant director becomes first US convicted of on-set murder
MOSCOW, March 31 – RIA Novosti. Assistant director David Halls was the first person to be convicted of manslaughter while filming Rust in New Mexico and was sentenced to six months of probation, Variety reported.
Halls, the film’s security coordinator, remotely attended a court hearing in Santa Fe on Friday and fully pleaded guilty.
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It was Halls, 63, who handed the gun to actor Alec Baldwin, describing it as “cold” (not loaded with real ammunition in filmmakers’ jargon). It turns out that the pistol loaded by the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Rid, still contained an actual cartridge.
Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reid are charged with manslaughter. Hearings on his cases will begin in May.
In October 2021, Baldwin fired a pistol that turned out to be loaded with real ammunition, not blanks, during a rehearsal on the western “Rast” set. As a result, Ukrainian Galina Hutchins died, director Joel Souza was seriously injured. The actor stated that the cameraman did not pull the trigger of the gun with which he was killed. According to him, the shooting took place spontaneously.
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