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Alec Baldwin Addresses New Findings In ‘Rust’ Shooting

By Oreoritse Tariemi
18 August 2022   |   8:40 am
Alec Baldwin has addressed new findings in the 'Rust' shooting incident, which led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, claiming only people on the set of the incident "know exactly what happened." Baldwin addressed these in a recent interview with "The Chris Cuomo Project", noting that he understood most people were waiting on a…

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 20: Actor Alec Baldwin attends “The Boss Baby” New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

Alec Baldwin has addressed new findings in the ‘Rust’ shooting incident, which led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, claiming only people on the set of the incident “know exactly what happened.”

Baldwin addressed these in a recent interview with “The Chris Cuomo Project”, noting that he understood most people were waiting on a district attorney’s report. 

He said, “I know that every single person on the set of the film knows what happened.”

“The people that are talking loudest about what happened or speculating about what happened were not on the set of the film … they talk on and on and on about ‘what if’ this and ‘what if’ that.”

He continued, “They have dined out on this, and the thing that they have in common is nobody was there. And everybody who was there, they know exactly what happened.”

In October 2021, Baldwin fired a gun on the set of the Midwestern film killing Hutchins and injuring the film’s director. 

Addressing the shooting incident in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin said that he “didn’t pull the trigger” on the gun during the on-set tragedy: “The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them, never.”

However, new findings in an FBI report this week revealed that he had, infact, fired the gun. 

The report stated that the revolver at the centre of this case — when “intact and functional” — “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger” unless the hammer was “de-cocked on a loaded chamber” and “the hammer was struck directly.”

Luke Nikas, Baldwin’s attorney, said that the FBI report was being misconstructed, speaking to ABC News. He said, “The gun fired in testing only one time — without having to pull the trigger — when the hammer was pulled back, and the gun broke in two different places. The FBI was unable to fire the gun in any prior test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.”

“The critical report is the one from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident,” added Nikas. “This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe.”

However, there has been no criminal charges in the case yet.