THE distraught father of shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins yesterday insisted Alec Baldwin was not responsible for her shocking death.
Speaking for the first time since the tragedy, Anatoly Androsovych said the blame lay instead with the movie armoury team who handed the actor a loaded revolver.
Ukrainian Anatoly told The Sun on Sunday last night: “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 said Baldwin had been in touch with her husband Matthew, a Harvard Law School graduate.
He is now fighting for his wife Olga and daughter Svetlana to fly to the US to comfort Matthew and Halyna’s nine-year-old son Andros.
Anatoly said: “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, 63, was doubled up in shock after Thursday’s accident on the set of western movie Rust, which also saw director Joel Souza hit in the shoulder.
Court records yesterday stated assistant director Dave Halls, 62, 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, 24, spoke of her inexperience for the role only last month.
Halyna’s grief-stricken younger sister Svetlana Androsovych, who lives in Indonesia, yesterday 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 said yesterday: “I am 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.”
On 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 a source.
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, said yesterday: “I ran out and called 911 and said, ‘Bring everybody, send everybody’. This woman is gone at the beginning of her career.”
Chaos and devastation on set
A 911 call released yesterday also appears to blame an unnamed assistant director.
In it a woman, believed to be Mitchell, says: “We’ve had two people accidentally shot on a movie set by a prop gun. We need help immediately. Our director and our cameramen have been shot.”
The dispatcher then asked if the gun was “loaded with a real bullet”.
The caller replies: “I can’t tell you that. This f*** that yelled at me at lunch — asking about revisions, this motherf. He’s supposed to check the guns.
“He’s responsible for what happens on the set. We were rehearsing and it went off and I ran out.”
One source told how Baldwin was “screaming”.
They said: “It was complete chaos and devastation on set with everyone in pure panic mode. Alec was a wreck and equally confused as he was upset.
“He didn’t know why he had been handed a hot gun that had real ammunition and kept asking, screaming really, questioning why he was given that in the first place.
"Blood was everywhere. Cameras, lights and props were damaged so broken glass was everywhere too.”
Other testimony revealed that, six hours before the fatal shot, a half-dozen camera crew workers had walked off in protest at conditions.
Non-union members were drafted in, including a prop master who oversaw the gun used in the fatal shooting, it was claimed.
Sources said gun inspections were not being followed and crew were concerned about three accidental prop gun discharges.
Baldwin’s stunt double was reported to have accidentally fired two rounds after being told the gun was “cold”.
One crew member said: “There should have been an investigation. There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”
A text message from a colleague to the unit production manager said: “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe.”
Reed, the movie’s armourer, told last month how she had finished her first film in charge of guns, and loading blanks was “the scariest” thing.
She said: “I was really nervous about it at first, and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready . . . but, doing it, like, it went really smoothly.”
Assistant director Halls has scores of credits, including Fargo and The Matrix Reloaded.
The Sun On Sunday made attempts to contact both yesterday.
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