The distraught father of shot cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins has insisted that Alec Baldwin was not responsible for his daughter’s shocking death.
Speaking for the first time since the tragedy, Anatoly Androsovych said the blame lay instead with the movie armory team who handed the actor a loaded revolver.
Mr. Anatoly said: “We still can’t believe Halyna is dead and her mother is going out of her mind with grief. But I don’t hold Alec Baldwin responsible. it is the responsibility of the props people who handle the guns”.
Anatoly disclosed that Baldwin was in touch with Halyna’s husband, Matthew, a Harvard Law School graduate. Mr. Anatoly is currently fighting for his wife, Olga, and daughter, Svetlana to fly to the US to comfort Matthew and Halyna’s nine-year-old son Andros.
“The little boy has been very badly affected. He is lost without his mother. Matt will decide if legal action is going to be taken”.
Baldwin was doubled up in shock after Thursday’s accident on the set of the western movie ‘Rust’, which also saw director Joel Souza hit in the shoulder.
Court records stated assistant director Dave Halls handed a vintage-style Colt to Baldwin and indicated it had no live rounds by yelling: “Cold gun!”
It also emerged the person in charge of weapons, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, spoke of her inexperience for the role only last month.
Halyna’s younger sister, Svetlana Androsovych, who lives in Indonesia, speaking on the issue hit out at the “negligence” which she claimed led to her death.
She said: “How was this negligence allowed by such a team of professionals? This is just such an absolutely absurd coincidence.
“I don’t know where the investigation will lead, but there are so many guesses. Could this all be a set-up? What was it? It’s so hard to say. God only knows what happened, it’s just so incredibly hard to live through it. The only thing we want right now is to be there with my mum next to Halyna’s husband and their son to make sure he feels our support”.
Matthew, married to Halyna for 16 years, tweeted a picture of his wife and son paddling, and wrote: “Our loss is enormous”.
Souza who is still receiving treatment said he is “gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna”.
“She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch, and always pushed me to be better”.
Baldwin, who said his heart was “broken” by the tragedy, has been reassured that he is a “free man”.
But the star, also the movie’s co-producer, is facing scrutiny after details emerged of on-set chaos.
A five-page affidavit, signed by a cop, told how Halls had grabbed the revolver and handed it to Baldwin during a filmed rehearsal of a church gunfight scene.
It said: “The Assistant Director did not know live rounds were in the prop gun”.
During the 12th day of a 21-day shoot, Baldwin was preparing to film a scene in which he pulls a gun out of a holster. According to reports, cinematographer, Halyna was huddled around a monitor lining up her next camera shot, with Souza crouched behind her.
Baldwin removed the gun from its holster once without incident, but when he did it again it fired. A single bullet hit Hutchins in the chest and ripped through her before striking Souza.
Script supervisor Mamie Mitchell “I ran out and called 911 and said, ‘Bring everybody, send everybody’. This woman is gone at the beginning of her career”.
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