Crew member stabbed on set of Anne Hathaway's 'The Witches' at Warner Bros Studios after fight with co-worker
A crew member was stabbed in the neck, on the sets of Anne Hathaway's upcoming film 'The Witches' - a remake of the 1990 original, that is being shot at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
In a statement, the Hertfordshire Constabulary revealed that the victim has since been hospitalized and the attacker was arrested. Both the victim and the attacker are said to have known each other, according to the statement.
“Police were called at around 12.35 p.m. today to reports of an incident at Warner Bros studio production facility in Leavesden,” the police said, reported the Daily Mail. “One man sustained a neck injury and was taken to hospital by ambulance. A second man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and is currently in police custody. It is believed the men are known to each other. Enquiries are continuing at this time to establish the circumstances around what happened.” The outlet also reported that Warner Bros. called the incident a police matter and refused any further comment on the issue.
Hathaway is playing the role of the Grand High Witch in the Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the film based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s book. Chris Rock and Octavia Spencer also starring in the film, but it is unclear if any of the stars witnessed the attack.
The Daily Mail first reported the story and shared that the studio was locked down after the fight between the two crew members. "People started messaging each other about what happened so I went out to take a look and saw loads of police," a crew member shared with the outlet. "We’ve heard that it was a fight between a stagehand and a rigger. This is a very big production and very embarrassing for Warner Bros. Things can get quite heated on set but I’ve never known of anything like this to happen in all the years that I’ve been involved in the industry," they added. The victim is believed to have been stabbed with a Stanley knife and is in his 30s.
'The Witches' remake is slated to release on October 16, 2020, by Warner Bros.