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New Mexico fines ‘Rust’ movie company for ‘avoidable’ filming

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New Mexico on Wednesday fined Rust Movie Productions LLC up to $137,000 for security lapses leading to what it called the “preventable” fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. last year while filming Western “Rust”.

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An investigation by the state Occupational Health Bureau (OSHB) found the production company knew gun safety procedures were not being followed and showed ‘complete disregard’ facing the dangers, the New Mexico Department of the Environment said in a statement.

“This tragic incident would never have happened had Rust Movie Productions, LLC followed national film industry standards for gun safety,” Cabinet Secretary for the Environment James Kenney said in a statement. the press release.

Hutchins was killed in October when gun actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing while filming in New Mexico fired a live ammunition that struck her and director Joel Souza, who was injured but survived.

Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer for “Rust,” poses for a selfie shot in this photo obtained from social media. Photo by HALYNAHUTCHINS /Instagram/via REUTERS

Rust Movie Productions has previously said it was unaware of any on-set security breaches during filming.

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“While we appreciate OSHA’s time and effort in its investigation, we disagree with its findings and plan to appeal. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Halyna’s family,” the official said. Rust Movie Productions spokesman Stefan Friedman in an emailed statement Wednesday.

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OSHB administers the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) program in the state of New Mexico.

Baldwin denied responsibility for Hutchins’ death and said live bullets should never have been allowed on set. In a TV interview, the actor said he didn’t pull the trigger on the replica Colt .45 revolver and fired after cocking it.