In a contradiction of the actor’s official statements, The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has concluded that the gun that killed Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins could not have fired without Alec Baldwin pulling the trigger
As per FBI documents obtained by ABC News, “the gun could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional,” with the fire arm’s hammer fully cocked.
The gun that not only killed Hutchins, but also injured director Joel Souza was a .45 Long Colt caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver that Baldwin was holding during a scene rehearsal.
“With the hammer de-cocked on a loaded chamber, the gun was able to detonate a primer ‘without a pull of the trigger when the hammer was struck directly,’” the news outlet detailed.
Further, ABC News disclosed that detectives at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in New York are still awaiting to gain access to Baldwin’s Apple iPhone’s phone records; crucial information that will help local district attorney make any charging decisions.
The report also states, “Death was caused by a gunshot wound of the chest. Review of available law enforcement reports showed no compelling demonstration that the firearm was intentionally loaded with live ammunition on set. Based on all available information, including the absence of obvious intent to cause harm or death, the manner of death is best classified as accident,” it adds.
In a now-infamous interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, the actor contradicted his own version of the story; initially claiming that he was cocking the gun’s hammer when fire arm went off, only to discredit his own version just moments later.
“So I take the gun and I start to cock the gun. I’m not going to pull the trigger. I said, ‘Do you see this?’ She says, ‘Well, just cheat it down and tilt it down a little bit like that.’ And I cock the gun and I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’ And she says…and I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off. I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off,” Baldwin told Stephanopoulos at the time.
As the interview went on, a different recollection of the tragic event was brought forward by the disgraced actor; now claiming that didn’t cock the gun, and that he remembers pulling “the hammer as far back as I could without cocking the actual…”
The tragic incident that injured director Souza and killed Hutchins happened on the film’s set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the 21st of October, 2021. Baldwin’s interview with Stephanopoulos was shamefully conducted early in December; raising more than a few eyebrows in the process.
Baldwin made headlines again earlier this year when the actor’s legal team filed legal papers declaring he was not “legally culpable” of neither killing Hutchins nor injuring Souza.
“Halyna Hutchins’s death is an unthinkable tragedy. Perhaps billions of rounds have been fired from guns on film and television sets over the past 75 years, without incident,” reads the legal document filed by Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas.
The document further alleges, “This is a rare instance when the system broke down, and someone should be held legally culpable for the tragic consequences,” specifically claiming, “That person is not Alec Baldwin.”
“He followed the training when this tragedy occurred on October 21,” the lawsuit reassures, attempting to play victim card by also alleging that Baldwin “found himself on set with a gun pointed at him” and specifying that he has therefore been trained for decades about gun safety on movie sets, and he received similar training from [armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed] on the set of Rust.”
Adding insult to injury, the legal document filed by the actor’s attorney attempts to exonerate Baldwin of any culpability as a producer for the film, claiming that Hutchins’ death has been “obscured by false allegations—finger pointing by various parties that diverts attention from the most important questions in this case: how did live ammunition get on the set of Rust, who put the live bullet in the gun, and why did the experts who were hired to check the gun fail to detect the bullet?”
“The facts make clear that Baldwin is not culpable for these events or failures,” the document declares. Further, the actor’s legal suit also seemingly attempts to shift the blame on the slain cinematographer herself, claiming that Baldwin was following Hutchins’ instructions.
“[Halyna Hutchins] was trying to determine how best to angle the camera and what movements Baldwin should make for her to capture the cocked gun that the script called for. Baldwin asked Hutchins what she would like to see to prepare her camera angle for the scene,” it declares, adding, “Baldwin did not perform a ‘cross-draw’ of the gun.”
Baldwin’s document alleges the actor “pulled the gun out slowly, without issue, and held it still before Hutchins began giving any directions to him. Hutchins described what she would like Baldwin to do with the placement of the gun which contained only ‘dummy rounds,’ as far as everyone was told.” The suit then blatantly claims that Hutchins “directed Baldwin to hold the gun higher to a point where it was directed toward her.”
Several lawsuits against Baldwin have been filed following the tragic event. Rust film gaffer Serge Svetnoy filed the first legal complaint against the actor, accusing him, assistant director David Halls, armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, and other members of the production of negligence on the film’s set.
Script supervisor Mamie Mitchell filed another legal suit alleging that Baldwin “intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of the firearm.”
On behalf of Hutchins’ husband Matthew, attorney Krystina Martinez filed a legal complaint accusing the actor of having “recklessly shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust,” noting that other defendants’ negligence regarding safety rules are to blame for the death of the cinematographer.
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