(TheRedWire.com) – It appears the independent movie “Rust” brought bad luck to some who worked on the low-budget film. On October 21, actor Alec Baldwin pointed a loaded gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and accidentally killed her. The vintage gun was not supposed to be loaded when it discharged. The production has been shut down ever since the accident. Now, another unsettling issue has arisen. This time, it involves a poisonous spider.
A highly venomous brown recluse spider bit lamp operator and pipe rigger Jason Miller as he worked to wind down the movie’s production. Within days, he experienced severe symptoms, including necrosis of his arm and sepsis, requiring Miller’s hospitalization in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Worker on Rust set who was bitten by venomous spider has arm saved from amputation https://t.co/PqXXV7VoM3
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 15, 2021
The set worker underwent multiple surgeries, and doctors cut out a lot of muscle and skin from the infected area on his left arm. Fortunately, doctors say he responded positively to treatment, and they believe they can avoid an amputation as he continues working toward a full recovery from the bite.
Miller believes the incident is rare and doesn’t want the attention. He said the focus should be on Hutchins. While Miller isn’t entirely out of the woods, he’s fighting with Alec Baldwin’s production company who’s not returning calls about workers’ compensation. Allegedly, they’ve dodged six calls and refuse to return them.
Attorneys for Miller say there’s some good news because they’re working with the movie’s insurance company to secure payment for the injuries he sustained on the set.
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