Alec Baldwin was ‘inconsolable for hours’ and has reportedly cancelled other projects in the wake of last week’s fatal shooting on the set of his new film.
The actor fired a prop gun on the set of Rust on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
A source close to Baldwin tells People he was “hysterical and absolutely inconsolable for hours” following the shooting.
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“Everyone knows this was an accident, but he’s absolutely devastated,” they said, adding the actor was taking time to collect himself.
“This is how he handles difficult times. Whenever something bad happens, in the short term, he removes himself from [the] public eye.”
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Authorities were called to the set of Rust in New Mexico, USA following a 911 call on Thursday. A press release shared by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department indicates the caller said “an individual had been shot on set”.
Arriving at the scene, the sheriff’s department learned Hutchins and Souza had been shot “when a prop firearm was discharged” by Baldwin during a camera test.
After the accident Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital. She died from her injuries. Souza, 48, was hospitalised but he has since been released.
“I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. My thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time,” the director said in a statement released to Deadline.
“I am humbled and grateful by the outpouring of affection we have received from our filmmaking community, the people of Santa Fe, and the hundreds of strangers who have reached out….. It will surely aid in my recovery.”
No charges has been made yet and the case remains ongoing.
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