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Oct. 22, 2021, 7:16 p.m. EDT

Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ film set hampered by worker complaints over pay, long hours and safety

By Dan Frosch, Katherine Sayre, Ben Kesling, and Joe Flint

The movie set on which Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm  in an incident that killed one person and wounded another was hampered by worker complaints over pay and conditions, according to people familiar with the filming.

The camera crew walked off the set earlier this week, according to the people. Workers complained about pay, long hours, safety and housing options, some of the people said. It couldn’t be determined if the concerns contributed to the shooting incident Thursday.

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Investigators on Friday were trying to assess whether a live round was fired by Baldwin with the prop gun—which would be an anomaly on a movie set, say film prop experts—or if the discharge of the prop firearm involved a blank.

“We’re looking into every aspect of what type of projectile was in that firearm,” said Juan Ríos, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com .

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