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Fact Check-Apparent article about Halyna Hutchins’ next project stems from fake news generating website

Just days after the accidental death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a movie set, a baseless article shared on social media linked her death to a conspiracy theory about pedophilia among Hollywood elites.

“Halyna Hutchins’ next project was documentary on Hollywood pedophile rings,” reads the headline in an article screenshot circulating on Facebook (here) and Instagram (here).

“The director of photography killed by Alec Baldwin was attached to the controversial upcoming documentary about alleged pedophile rings in the entertainment industry,” reads the first sentence of the apparent article.

The text, however, does not come from a legitimate news source. Upon searching for the text, Reuters found only one result: an apparent article matching the font and format of the screenshot circulating on social media (here).

Featuring no further text beyond what is screenshotted, and no source or further information of any kind, the apparent article is hosted on worldgreynews.com, which calls itself a “Fake news generator.”

In its “About” section (www.worldgreynews.com/about), the site says, “Purpose of this website is fun. It should be used for joking with your friends. We are not responsible for the content.” It then provides a link that allows anyone to create a fake news story.

A heartbroken Hollywood rushed to pay tribute to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after she was accidentally shot dead by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of new Western “Rust.”

The 42-year-old was working as director of photography on the New Mexico set when she was killed on Thursday when Baldwin fired a prop gun.

Devastated colleagues and friends pleaded for the world to focus on Hutchins and her immense talent as the film industry debated the use of prop guns on set and Baldwin's role (here).

VERDICT

False. The screenshot circulating on social media about Halyna Hutchins’ next project stems from a fake news generator website.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .

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