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Entertainment: Rust crew member says he held Halyna Hutchins 'while she was dying' after prop gun shooting

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Halyna Hutchins' colleague has shared his account of the on-set shooting that claimed the cinematographer's life last week, saying he "held her" as she was dying.

Hutchins, 42, was accidentally shot and killed by actor Alec Baldwin on Thursday while the actor was rehearsing a scene for the film Rust that involved him pointing a revolver in the direction of a camera lens.

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Serge Svetnoy, the film's 'gaffer' or chief electrician, wrote in a Facebook post titled "My vision of the RUST tragedy" that he was standing next to Hutchins when she was killed.

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"I have received hundreds of calls, text messages, letters with words of support and condolences since the day of the tragedy with Halyna Hutchins, and I'm very grateful to everyone," Svetnoy's lengthy post began.

"Yes, I knew Halyna, not for a year. I worked with Her on almost all of her films. Sometimes we've shared food and water. We've been burning under the sun, freezing in the snow on the shoots. We took care of each other. Yes, I can say with 100% confidence she was my friend. WAS!!!

"Yes, I was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna during this fatal shot that took her life and injured the director Joel Souza. I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands."

Hutchins was fatally shot on October 21 after an assistant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use on the set of the film Rust. © AP Hutchins was fatally shot on October 21 after an assistant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use on the set of the film Rust.

Then sharing his "opinion on why this happened", Svetnoy alleged the incident was "the fault of negligence and unprofessionalism".

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"The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site did not do this; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on the site did not do this; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it. And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!" he wrote.

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Police have not confirmed the allegations made by Svetnoy in his post, nor has there been any official finding of negligence to date.

This aerial photo shows the film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where Rust was being filmed. © AP This aerial photo shows the film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where Rust was being filmed.

In an affidavit released on Sunday, the film's director Joel Souza provided new details into the circumstances of the shooting.

Souza, who was also injured in the on-set accident, said the cast and crew had been assured Baldwin was handling a "cold gun," meaning it had no live rounds. He also said Baldwin was rehearsing a scene that involved pointing a revolver in the direction of a camera lens.

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Svetnoy concluded his Facebook post by honouring Hollywood-working producers.

"Dear Producers, by hiring professionals, you are buying peace of mind for yourself and the people around you. It is true that the professionals can cost a little more and sometimes can be a little bit more demanding, but it is worth it. No saved penny is worth the LIFE of the person!" he wrote.

A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's offices on Camino Justicia after being questioned on Oct. 20, 2021 about a shooting when a prop gun misfired earlier in the day on a local movie set. © AP A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's offices on Camino Justicia after being questioned on Oct. 20, 2021 about a shooting when a prop gun misfired earlier in the day on a local movie set.

"And finally, dear Producers, please remember that it's not you who are giving the opportunities to the people you hire make their money; it's the people you hire who help You make Your money. Remember this!" he wrote.

"I also want to thank the camera operator @Ried Russell, who was with us and helped save Halyna. Thank you to the set medic @Cherlyn Schaefer who did everything she could to save Halyna's life. We all loved Halyna. May God Bless her soul. Rest in Peace. And God protect Us All."

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Hutchins was pronounced dead on Thursday, October 21 after being airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital. She was 42.

A woman, who did not want to give her name, places a flower bouquet at the entrance of the Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. An assistant director unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set, court records released Friday show. © AP A woman, who did not want to give her name, places a flower bouquet at the entrance of the Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. An assistant director unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set, court records released Friday show.

The cinematographer's death has prompted calls for greater safety measures on sets and inspired a petition to ban the use of real firearms on sets. That petition has drawn more than 27,000 signatures — passing the initial goal of 25,000.

The producers of the movie Rust announced on Sunday that they are suspending production while sheriffs investigate Hutchins' death.

"As we go through this crisis, we have made the decision to wrap the set at least until the investigations are complete," said the statement from the Rust production company.

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