‘Rust’ first camera assistant claims Alec Baldwin shooting a result of lack of gun safety protocols

Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for November 2 " Rust " first camera assistant Lane Luper is speaking out about a lack of gun safety on set that he says contributed to Alec Baldwin discharging a gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Luper appeared on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, where he explained why he resigned from the movie that was being filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"What I put in my resignation letter was lax COVID policies, the housing situation driving to and from Albuquerque, and specifically, gun safety, a lack of rehearsals, a lack of preparing the crew for what we were doing that day," Luper said .

Late Tuesday, Baldwin appeared to defend accusations that there were poor working conditions on set by sharing a post by "Rust" costume professional Terese Davis. Davis claimed guns were checked on set. She also claimed there were several safety meetings, which Luper claims is false.

"Even the producers have said that they only had three safety meetings by the time I left the show and that included the day of the shooting. I only personally remember two safety meetings that involved the entire crew. If there was a safety meeting I was left out of it if there were any more than the two," he said. Filmmaker Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on the set of ‘Rust’ on Oct. 21. Luper added that he is not speaking out about the conditions on set for "personal gain" as some have accused him of.

"There’s no personal gain for me. I’m kind of sticking my neck out here. I don’t want to be on camera. I have a pretty unique perspective in that it’s important that I be a part of safety as the head of the camera department for protecting the camera, protecting the camera operators, knowing what the shot is. It’s very important that I play a role in safety," he said.

Luper added that he had to take safety classes in Los Angeles in order to get his union card. Ultimately, he called Hutchins’ death the result of a "perfect storm."

"I think with ‘Rust’ it was a perfect storm of the armorer, the assistant director, the culture that was on set, the rushing, it was everything. It wasn’t just one individual. Everything had to fall into place perfectly for this one-in-a-trillion thing to happen," Luper said. An aerial view of the film set on Bonanza Creek Ranch where Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (Reuters) The camera professional also described the shooting as a "very rare thing to happen." He claimed safety bulletins, which he described as "basically an owner’s manual for how to run a safe set" were "ignored."

"They were ignored and not attached to the call sheets which they’re supposed to be. Unfortunately that’s what led to a breakdown here," he said.

As for accusations that there was shooting practices on set, Luper said he didn’t personally "have any experience with that."

"I don’t know about those claims beyond […]

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