Alec Baldwin shared an open letter from 25 members of the production crew of the movie Rust rejecting reports of there being problems on set before the fatal shooting in October.
The letter, posted on Baldwin's Instagram, said the crew had not been encouraged by the producers to speak out but instead wanted to correct the record on what they viewed to be a distraction from the tragedy in which Baldwin fired a gun that killed the film's director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza while rehearsing a scene.
"The descriptions of Rust as a chaotic, dangerous, and exploitative workplace are false and distract from what matters the most: the memory of Halyna Hutchins, and the need to find modern alternatives to outdated industry firearm and safety practices," the letter reads.
"Losing her hurt every single one of us," the letter continues. "We are hurting from the loss of our togetherness, our spirit, and the loss of our labor. We are hurting for our friends that have been targeted by the public as they themselves grieve."
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The set has been under scrutiny since insiders claimed there were red flags in the days leading up to the shooting, including prior misfires, and some of them walked off set that very morning in protest of the conditions. The letter reflected on the loss of Hutchins, who died when a gun went off in the hands of Baldwin on Oct. 21 at the Bonanza Creek Ranch set outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. An investigation into the shooting by law enforcement is ongoing.
"While it is true that a few crew members quit prior to the accident, the vast majority of us remained, never feeling the need to protest or quit," the letter said. "We were enjoying our workplace. Those disgruntled few do not represent the views of all of us."
The letter acknowledged that the set had elements that were imperfect and challenging, but the crew members maintained it was a professional work environment. It rejected the common complaints made by former crew members, adding that everyone knew when they signed on to the film that there would be 12-hour days and fast turnarounds. The letter also said that all pay was set ahead of time for the crew, and housing was provided as required by workers unions.
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The release of the letter came one week after Baldwin's interview on ABC aired and several weeks after Baldwin and Rust producers were named in a lawsuit by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell.
"Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can't say who that is, but I know it's not me," Baldwin said during the interview. "I mean, honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. I don't say that lightly."
The crew members who signed on to the letter asked the public not to make generalizations or assumptions about what happened on the set until an investigation is complete.