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The father of Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot by Rust star Alec Baldwin with a prop gun on Thursday, does not blame the actor for her death.
The cinematographer’s father, Anatoly Androsovych, is instead blaming crew members on the set who prepared and handed over the weapon to the 30 Rock actor.
“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,” he told The Sun on Sunday newspaper.
As the investigation continues, safety concerns have been raised about the assistant director, who handed Baldwin the gun, reportedly announcing it was “cold,” suggesting the gun was unloaded, as well as the armourer who is in charge of weapons on the set.
Anatoly, along with his wife Olga and daughter Svetlana, are hoping to fly to the United States to comfort Halyna’s husband Matthew Hutchins and their nine-year-old son Andros.
“The little boy has been very badly affected – he is lost without his mother,” Androsovych said, adding he is leaving the question of future legal action up to his lawyer son-in-law.
On Friday, Matthew shared a sweet snap of Halyna and Andros on Twitter, and paid tribute to his late wife, begging for privacy for his family.
“Halyna inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too meaningful to encapsulate in words. Our loss is enormous, and we ask that the media please respect my family’s privacy as we process our grief. We thank everyone for sharing images and stories of her life,” he penned. And on Saturday, he shared three more snaps on Instagram, captioning them simply, “We miss you, Halyna.”