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Rust crew deny film set was ‘chaotic and dangerous’ after on-set shooting by Alec Baldwin

Written by on 9 December 2021

Claims that the Rust film set was a “chaotic, dangerous and exploitative” workplace are false, according to a new statement.

Alec Baldwin has shared an open letter from cast and crew members on his Instagram page – more than a month after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on set.

A prop firearm was fired by Baldwin that contained a live round on 21 October, and the film’s director was also injured.

The letter – signed by more than 20 people – says they find “the public narrative surrounding our workplace tragedy to be inadequate”.

And while the note acknowledges “it is common to work on unprofessional or hectic productions”, it describes Rust as a “professional” environment with “areas of brilliance and areas that were more challenging”.

The letter adds: “While it is true that a few crew members quit prior to the accident, the vast majority of us remained, never feeling the need to protest or quit.

“We were enjoying our workplace. Those disgruntled few do not represent the views of all of us.”

A number of people working on the set have filed lawsuits against Baldwin, including chief electrician Serge Svetnoy and script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.

The letter goes on to pay tribute to Ms Hutchins, describing her as the “heart of our production”.

“We are hurting from the loss of our friend and colleague, Halyna Hutchins. She was, in many ways, at the heart of our production, and losing her hurt every single one of us,” the letter continues.

“We are hurting from the loss of our togetherness, our spirit, and the loss of our labor. We are hurting for our friends that have been targeted by the public as they themselves grieve.”

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