A tragic accident occurred on the set of "Rust." Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin. Director Joel Souza was seriously injured in the accident in Santa Fe and required hospital treatment. Now he has spoken out for the first time in a statement available to Deadline.
My thoughts are with her family at this very difficult time
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague Halyna. She was friendly, dynamic, incredibly talented, always fought and pushed me to be better. My thoughts are with her family at this very difficult time," said Joel Souza, adding that he was grateful for the expressed support the team received from the filmmaking community, the residents of Santa Fe and the hundreds of strangers who have come together reported after the incident. "It will certainly help my recovery," the director concluded.
Weapon apparently accidentally "armed"
The US portal "TMZ" reported that an assistant director gave Alec Baldwin the revolver immediately before the accident. According to an investigation report by the authorities, it was accidentally loaded with live ammunition now be determined.
Alec tweeted about the tragedy, saying, among other things, "There are no words to express my shock and sadness at the tragic accident that happened to Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague, which cost lives. My heart is broken for her husband, her son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna."