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Halyna Hutchins' Friend Recalls Her Dying Moments Following Alec Baldwin Shooting

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Halyna Hutchins' Friend Recalls Her Dying Moments Following Alec Baldwin Shooting

A personal friend of the late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has spoken out about her final moments.

Serge Svetnoy, who worked as an electrician on the set of Rust recounted his experience in a lengthy Facebook post.

The post comes after injured filmmaker Joel Souza's police statement was released on Monday, along with an affidavit detailing his version of events.

Baldwin was alleged to have been practicing his gun positioning, taking the gun out of his holster and deciding where to place himself in front of the camera. Souza was stood behind Hutchins when the gun discharged, fatally striking her in the chest.

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Halyna was shot while on set (Credit: Instagram - Halyna Hutchins)
Halyna was shot while on set (Credit: Instagram - Halyna Hutchins)

Svetnoy claimed the accident was the result of "negligence and unprofessionalism". This comes after representatives for the film insisted the safety of it's cast and crew was "top priority".

He was supposedly "standing shoulder-to-shoulder" with Hutchins while Baldwin rehearsed his gun scene. The affidavit stated that those involved believed the gun was 'cold', or inactive. This included Souza, Hutchins and Baldwin.

Svetnoy named "the person who was supposed to check the weapon" and "the person who had to announce the loaded gun" among the "negligent". He emphasised that "the death of a human is the result".

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"Yes, I was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna during this fatal shot that took her life and injured the director Joel Souza. I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands," he wrote.

"I want to tell my opinion on why this has happened. I think I have the right to do it. It’s the fault of negligence and unprofessionalism.

Serge Svetnoy extended sympathy to Alec Baldwin, blaming 'unprofessional people' for the accident. (Credit: Shutterstock)
Serge Svetnoy extended sympathy to Alec Baldwin, blaming 'unprofessional people' for the accident. (Credit: Shutterstock)

"The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site did not do this; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on the site did not do this; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it. And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!"

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The electrician extended sympathy to Baldwin, as well as paying tribute to his fallen friend and her family.

"Alec Baldwin [...] has to live with the thought that he took the life of the human because of unprofessional people".

Svetnoy said Hutchins was 'loved'. (Credit: Instagram - halyna hutchins)
Svetnoy said Hutchins was 'loved'. (Credit: Instagram - halyna hutchins)

He continued, "we all loved Halyna. May god bless her soul".

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In a statement, Rust Movie Productions LLC said: "The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company. Though we were not made aware of any official complaints concerning weapon or prop safety on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is shut down.

"We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and offer mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time."

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Facebook/Serge Svetnoy

Topics: News, TV And Film

Hannah Van-de-Peer
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