Chief Electrician on Baldwin Movie Blames Armorer and Producers for 'Negligence'

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A lot of people have been commenting on the tragedy on the “Rust” set and what should and should not have been done in regard to gun safety.

But now the chief electrician — the gaffer — who said he was great friends with the cinematographer who was killed, Halyna Hutchins, is speaking out and he’s laying blame at the the feet of multiple people.


The gaffer, Serge Svetnoy, posted a long Facebook post detailing what he thought about the tragedy. He said he was standing “shoulder to shoulder” with Hutchins when she was shot and “holding her in my arms while she was dying.” So he said, “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.

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.


I’m sure that we had the professionals in every department, but one – the department that was responsible for the weapons. There is no way a twenty-four-year-old woman can be a professional with armory; there is no way that her more-or-less the same-aged friend from school, neighborhood, Instagram, or God knows where else, can be a professional in this field.

Svetnoy is obviously going full-bore after the head armorer on the set, 24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. But he’s also pointing a finger at other people there who were involved in the chain of custody of the gun. He also introduces the allegation that there was a “friend” of Gutierrez-Reed’s who was involved in the process as well.


Svetnoy declared that he was “calling out to the Producers.”

To save a dime sometimes, you hire people who are not fully qualified for the complicated and dangerous job, and you risk the lives of the other people who are close and your lives as well.

I understand that you always fight for the budget, but you cannot allow this to happen. There should always be at least one professional in each department who knows the job. It is an absolute must to avoid such a tragedy, like the tragedy with Halyna.

I do not wish anyone to go through what I went through, what her husband @Matt Hutchins and her son Andros went through, and the actor Alec Baldwin, who has been handed a gun on set. He has to live with the thought that he took the life of the human because of unprofessional people.

Dear Producers, by hiring professionals, you are buying peace of mind for yourself and the people around you. It is true that the professionals can cost a little more and sometimes can be a little bit more demanding, but it is worth it. No saved penny is worth the LIFE of the person!

And finally, dear Producers, please remember that it’s not you who are giving the opportunities to the people you hire make their money; it’s the people you hire who help You make Your money. Remember this!


There are 12 producers listed on IMDB for the film. Right at the top of the list is Alec Baldwin. Svetnoy doesn’t specifically call him out and indeed he sort of shows him some mercy. But he is a producer, as well. While this is still being investigated and we’ll have to see where the facts lie, any prior knowledge of issues and the failure to address them is going to lie heavily on anyone who should have known or had responsibility.

Interestingly, while the LA Times ran Svetnoy’s letter and describes it as blaming the producers, they don’t note what one would think to be a salient fact — that Baldwin is a producer.


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