An accident on the set of the upcoming film Rust led to tragedy recently. Actor Alec Baldwin was involved in an incident that caused the unforeseen passing of a film crew member recently. An investigation is currently underway as to how, and why, said accident could have occurred. But The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air actress Janet Hubert has theorized that Alec Baldwin has been the victim of a set-up.
The incident occurred on October 21, 2021 in Bonanza City, New Mexico. While filming at around 1:50 pm, a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin that injured director Joel Souza and fatally wounded Halyna Hutchins, the film’s director of photography, according to investigators. CNN reports that Hutchins had to be airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. State authorities have begun proceedings for a “thorough and objective” investigation, reports state. However, charges have yet to be filed. An obviously distraught Alec Baldwin shared in a statement that he was unable to collect the words to fully convey the “shock and sadness” surrounding the incident. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family,” wrote the actor, adding that he was “heartbroken.”
2- I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) October 22, 2021
It is to be noted that prior to the incident, many crew members voiced their apprehensions with various issues, including safety concerns, according to multiple reports. A considerable amount of crew members would end up walking off of the set and tendering their resignation. According to a Facebook post written by a crew member, obtained by Deadline, these concerns included “lack of payment for three weeks, taking our hotels away despite asking for them in our deals, lack of Covid safety, and Poor on-set safety period!”
Another Deadline report reveals that the film’s First Assistant Director, David Hills, had a similar incident involving a prop on the set of a 2019 film. However, in that case nobody was harmed. With the investigations currently underway, actress Janet Hubert could not help but to offer her opinion on the matter. It is Hubert’s belief that Alec Badlwin is being set up thanks to his longstanding portrayal of former President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. “Am I crazy, but my first thought was Baldwin was given this [prop] on purpose from someone to get back at him for his Trump impersonations?” questioned Janet Hubert on Twitter. What are your thoughts?
Am I crazy, but my first thought was Baldwin was given this gun on purpose from someone to get back at him for his Trump impersonations? I have never seen prop guns sitting out on set EVER😲 Then to photograph his pain and give it to the press! Hmmmm, so very heartless, TRUMPERS? pic.twitter.com/rLcHs7H2M1— Janet Hubert (@OGJanetHubert) October 27, 2021