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BREAKING: State Of NM Drops Hefty Fine On ‘Rust’ Production Company Over Alec Baldwin-Involved Shooting

The state of New Mexico has decided to slap a massive fine on the movie production company that was responsible for the shooting incident involving actor Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust,” giving them the maximum penalty possible for safety violations concerning firearms.

Filming on “Rust” was brought to a halt after a tragic incident on Oct. 21, 2021, which resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding another individual. Beetlejuice actor Alec Galdwin was pointing the prop gun at Hutchins when the weapon went off, striking both Hutchins and director Joel Souza.

Here are more details from the folks over at The Daily Wire:

New Mexico workplace safety regulators fined Rust Movie Productions $136,793 as well as issued a “scathing” review of the production company’s safety practices, according to the Associated Press.

“What we had, based on our investigators’ findings, was a set of obvious hazards to employees regarding the use of firearms and management’s failure to act upon those obvious hazards,” New Mexico Occupational Safety and Health Administration Chief Bob Genoway went on to tell the AP.

This fine is well deserved. The production company that was making this film was totally responsible for ensuring the safety of everyone on set. Obviously, they failed miserably.

While this is all well and good, it’s time for someone to step forward and ensure that Alec Baldwin is also held accountable for his actions. Plenty of evidence seems to suggest that he was not properly exercising safety protocols when the incident happened.

On top of that, he’s done nothing but attempt to make himself out to be a victim in the situation, rather than taking personal responsibility for his role in the tragedy. Basically, he’s acting exactly the way you think an actor would act in such a situation.

This isn’t the first time someone was killed by a gun on set during the filming of a movie. Back in 1993, actor Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was shot and killed while filming a scene on the set of “The Crow.”

Here’s more on that from The Washington Post:

Brandon Lee, the 28-year-old actor and son of martial artist Bruce Lee, was killed in 1993 after a co-star fired a prop gun that contained a real bullet while filming “The Crow.” The shooting cut short the promising star’s Hollywood ascent and sparked a debate over firearm safety on set.

He landed the lead role in “The Crow” as Eric Draven, a musician who is raised from the dead by a supernatural crow to help avenge his own death and the rape and murder of his fiancee.

The thriller only had eight days of shooting remaining in Wilmington, N.C., when Lee prepared himself for a scene in which his character is shot and killed by Funboy, played by actor Michael Massee. Before the scene on March 31, 1993, Massee believed the prop gun he was handed was loaded with blanks. Unbeknown to the crew or Massee, the tip of a .44-caliber bullet had become lodged in the barrel of the prop gun weeks before.

In the scene that was being filmed, Lee walks through a doorway and is shot once by Massee.

“After the prop gun was fired, Lee collapsed on the set. The crew initially thought Lee was kidding when he didn’t immediately stand up, but soon realized something had gone terribly wrong when he was breathing heavily and bleeding profusely from the right side of his abdomen, reported author Bridget Baiss in the 2001 book, ‘The Crow: The Story Behind the Film,’” the report stated.

Lee was then rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Once there he was put into surgery for hours as medical staff attempted to save his life from the real bullet that was lodged close to his spine. However, their efforts were not enough.

Twelve hours after being taken to the hospital, Lee was pronounced dead. The start’s death rocked both the Lee family and Hollywood at the time.

“I don’t know if our family is cursed, but I am seriously starting to think about it,” Robert Lee, Brandon’s uncle and Bruce’s brother, stated during comments made to the the Hollywood Reporter in April 1993. “It seems like a never-ending story.”

Changes need to be made to ensure the safety of folks making movies.

This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather