Alec Baldwin movie hit by another casualty as crew member ‘facing amputation’

The set of film Rust has allegedly been hit by another casualty as a crew member has been taken to hospital "facing amputation".

Western film Rust was hit by tragedy last month after actor Alec Baldwin accidentally fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun.

Now, the set seems to potentially have run into more difficult after a crew member is said to be fighting the complications of a poisonous spider bite.

Jason Miller, a lamp operator and pipe rigger, was working to wind down production of the film when he was bitten by a brown recluse spider – a venomous spider that is native to North America – according to Sky News.

Days later, he began experiencing severe symptoms including necrosis of his arm and sepsis.

A JustGiving page set up for the crew member says: "He has been hospitalized and endured multiple surgeries each day as doctors do their best to stop the infection and try to save his arm from amputation.

"It will be a very long road to recovery for Jason if the medical team is able to save his arm.

"If under worse circumstances he loses his arm, this is a life-changing and devastating event for Jason and his family."

A spokesperson for the Rust producers, including Alec Baldwin, further told Sky News when asked about Jason Miller: "We do not comment on individual members of the cast and crew's private matters."

It comes after the husband of the late Halyna Hutchins is said to be preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit in light of the cinematographer’s tragic death on the film set in New Mexico.

The film's director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the shooting, but survived his injuries.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday 3 November, Alec Baldwin, who was producing the film as well as starring in it, shared a crew member’s statement shutting down claims that the film’s set was “unsafe” and “chaotic”.

Alec shared costume designer Terese Magpale Davis’s post along with the caption: “Read this”.

Terese penned: “These producers who supposedly don't care about their crew have worked tirelessly alongside us. They were some of the most approachable and warm producers I've ever worked with. Concerns were heard and addressed.”

Addressing the film’s armourer, who she branded as not being the “most experienced”, Terese continued: “The misfired were accidental discharges, which are more common than you think. Yes, there is a difference. And the guns were checked immediately afterwards and the discharges were announced on set and apologized for (I was right there).

"We had several safety meetings. Sometimes multiple per day.”

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