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The person in charge of the movie “Rust” talked about getting shot while giving evidence in the trial of the weapons expert

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Joel Souza, the person who directed and wrote the “Rust” movie, talked in court on Friday about the time he got shot on set. He said there was a really loud noise, not like the usual sounds on set. It was so loud that it felt like someone hit him with a baseball bat on his shoulder.

Souza was standing right behind the cameraperson, Halyna Hutchins, trying to see the shot in the camera. He remembered Hutchins being lowered to the ground, and people around her. At first, he didn’t understand what happened. He thought maybe she got scared, but then he saw blood on her back. Unfortunately, Hutchins died from the gunshot in October 2021.

Later at the hospital, Souza was still confused. He didn’t realize he got shot with a real bullet. He kept saying it’s a movie set and it can’t be a real bullet. But when doctors showed him the X-ray of his back, he saw a big bullet in it.

The trial is focused on deciding who is responsible for the shooting – the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, or Alec Baldwin and the movie’s production team. The prosecutor thinks Gutierrez Reed didn’t do the safety checks properly, so live bullets ended up on set. Her defense says the production team created a chaotic situation, and Gutierrez Reed, who was only 24, had too much to handle. Gutierrez Reed pleaded not guilty, and so did Alec Baldwin for the charges related to Halyna Hutchins’ death.

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