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December 5, 2021

Experts Say Alec Baldwin Interview ‘May Backfire’

Legal experts say Alec Baldwin’s recent televised interview wherein he discussed the fatal shooting on the Rust set “was a mistake.”

On Thursday night, Baldwin had his first sit-down interview since the shooting on the set that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The actor told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he did not pull the trigger when the gun went off.

“Baldwin says he didn’t pull the trigger, but that doesn’t absolve him from civil and potential criminal liability,” former assistant U.S. attorney Neama Rahmani, the president and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers, explained.

“Baldwin’s finger should have been nowhere near the hammer or the trigger, even if we are to believe the gun misfired. Nor should Baldwin ever point a firearm at another human being, even if cinematographer Halyna Hutchins told him to and he believed it wasn’t loaded or had blanks.”

“From a legal perspective, Baldwin’s interview was a mistake,” he said. “His statements can and will be used against him in the civil lawsuits and any potential criminal prosecution. And Baldwin’s attorneys can’t use the interview to help him because his answers are hearsay. At best, the interview was a calculated public relations move that may backfire.”

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Alec Baldwin’s interview following ‘Rust’ shooting ‘was a mistake,’ legal experts say: It ‘may backfire’

December 3, 2021

WATCH: Alec Baldwin Claims He ‘Didn’t Pull the Trigger’ in Fatal Shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin said he didn’t pull the trigger of the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust.

“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a sit-down interview.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never,” he added.

The shooting killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza in what Baldwin previously called a tragic accident in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Department said it had no comment on Baldwin’s comments.

Investigators have been looking into how live bullets got onto the set, and so far, no charges have been filed.

Two crew members have filed civil lawsuits against Baldwin, who also served as a producer on the film, and other production heads for negligence and lax safety protocols.

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Alec Baldwin says he ‘didn’t pull the trigger’ in fatal ‘Rust’ shooting

November 19, 2021

Script didn’t call for Alec Baldwin to fire gun, lawsuit says

A lawsuit filed against Alec Baldwin claims that the script didn’t call for him to fire the gun when he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The suit, filed by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, claims that the script called for three close-up camera shots of the actor — one of his eyes, another of a bloodstain on his shoulder, and a third of his torso “as he reached his hand down to the holster and removed the gun.”

“There was nothing in the script about the gun being discharged by defendant Baldwin or by any other person,” the suit reads.

Mitchell’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, called Baldwin and the film’s producers “reckless,” accusing them of failing to follow safety protocols.

Baldwin “chose to play Russian roulette when he fired a gun without checking it and without having the armorer do so in his presence,” Allred said.

Given the wide span of neglected safety procedures, the incident was “a case where injury or death was much more than just a possibility — it was a likely result,” Allred said.

Mitchell, who called 911 after the shooting, was standing less than four feet away when Baldwin discharged the weapon.

“I relive the shooting and the sound of the explosion from the gun over and over again,” Mitchell previously told the press.

Mitchell’s lawsuit is the second filing over the incident after the film’s head electrician filed one earlier this month.

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Alec Baldwin: Rust script didn’t call for gun to be fired, lawsuit alleges

November 12, 2021

Alec Baldwin sued over ‘Rust’ fatal shooting

In the wake of Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a film set, a crew member is suing Baldwin and the film’s armorer for negligence.

Serge Svetnoy, the gaffer of Rust, alleges he suffered emotional distress after nearly being struck by the bullet that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. According to court documents, Svetnoy attempted to save Hutchins’s life after Baldwin accidentally shot her with a loaded prop gun.

“[Baldwin] owed a duty to [me] and other crew members and actors on the Rust set to handle the Colt Revolver provided to him by defendant Halls with reasonable care and diligence for the safety of Rust cast and crew.”

Svetnoy’s suit claims that Baldwin should have checked the gun before firing.

“[Baldwin] owed a duty to [me] and other crew members and actors on the Rust set to handle the Colt Revolver provided to him by defendant Halls with reasonable care and diligence for the safety of Rust cast and crew,” the complaint reads.

“This duty called for Defendant Baldwin to double-check the Colt Revolver with Halls upon being handled to ensure that it did not contain live ammunition,” the suit states. “This duty further called for [Baldwin] to handle the Colt Revolver as if it was loaded and to refrain from pointing it at anyone.”

According to the suit, Baldwin was rehearsing a scene where he was supposed to draw the gun and point it at the camera — but not pull the trigger. The actor also served as a producer on the film.

“They attempted to save money by hiring an insufficient number of crew members to safely handle the props and firearms,” the filing reads.

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‘Rust’ crew member sues Alec Baldwin, armorer for negligence after shooting

November 11, 2021

Alec Baldwin’s daughter ‘triggered’ by Astroworld tragedy

Alec Baldwin’s daughter Ireland said she was “triggered” by the tragedy at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert in the wake of her father’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the film Rust.

“Making baseless, misinformed claims and conspiracy theories all over the internet does nothing but [take] away from the facts and actually honoring those who are suffering due to this,” Ireland wrote on social media. “I was personally ‘triggered’ because of recent misinformation that spread from the tragic event that took place on my father’s movie set. And SO many people pretending like they have any idea how filmmaking and stunt coordination works.”

A crowd surge at the event left eight people, including a 14-year-old, dead and hundreds more injured.

According to Yahoo, the 26-year-old initially appeared to be defending Scott.

“Y’all are really killing me these days,” Ireland reportedly wrote in a now-expired Instagram Story. “You believe everything that you see on Twitter and TikTok and completely bandwagon on spreading misinformation. First, you were armory/stunt coordination pros when it came to the horrific tragedy involving my dad…and now Travis Scott is demonic because he ALLOWED people to die at his show?”

“I am in no way defending Travis Scott because, honestly, I don’t know him or care personally,” she later clarified. “and the only aspect of this I care about is that people died because this brand-new festival neglected to have the proper safety protocols in place.”

“He incites the rage. No doubt about that. But I refuse to fall into this twisted cancel culture bullshit when it’s coming from people who have no idea how anything works,” she added.

Ireland said she decided to speak on the subject after seeing TikTok posts claiming that Scott had planned the tragedy as part of a bizarre satanic ritual.

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Ireland Baldwin ‘triggered’ by Astroworld tragedy, 3 weeks after ‘Rust’ shooting: ‘So many people to be blamed’

October 28, 2021

DA is not ruling out criminal charges in Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting on movie set

Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies is not ruling out criminal charges in the fatal shooting on a film set last week when Alec Baldwin shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchinson with a prop gun.

“We have not ruled out anything. Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table,” Carmack-Altwies told The New York Times.

Investigators found three revolvers, spent casing and ammunition in boxes and a fanny pack on the set. The district attorney also told the outlet that she took exception to the term “prop gun.”

“It was a legit gun,” Carmack-Altwies said. “It was an antique-era appropriate gun.”

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Criminal charges not out of the question in fatal shooting on movie set, DA says

October 27, 2021

More political foes emerge among Baldwin’s fatal prop gun shooting

Some of Alec Baldwin’s political foes are emerging in the wake of his accidental fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a film set.

Baldwin and the Trump family have had an adversarial relationship since the actor portrayed former President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

Within hours of the shooting, J.D. Vance, a candidate for the Ohio Republican Senate, tweeted at Twitter’s CEO, asking him to allow Trump back on the platform. “We need Alec Baldwin tweets,” Vance wrote.

On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. was selling $27.99 T-shirts on his website with the phrase “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people.” The shirts were eventually pulled from the store.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) referenced a tweet of Baldwin’s from last year supporting Black Lives Matter protesters, in which Baldwin said he was going to make T-shirts that read: “My hands are up. Please don’t shoot me!” Boebert wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “Alec Baldwin, are these still available? Asking for a movie producer.”

Some say political divisions in the country contributed to the visceral response from Baldwin’s political foes, especially considering Baldwins’s outspoken pro-gun control beliefs. CNN host Jake Tapper said cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’s death was “heartbreaking for normal people.”

“But there’s something about our politics right now that is driving people away from our shared humanity,” Tapper said.

Serge Svetnoy, the film’s chief electrician, blamed producers for Hutchins’s death, claiming they hired an inexperienced armorer.

“I’m sure that we had the professionals in every department, but one — the department that was responsible for the weapons,” Svetnoy wrote in a Facebook post. “The person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it. And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!”

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In fatal shooting, some political foes take aim at Baldwin

October 26, 2021

Trump Jr. sells shirts mocking Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting

Donald Trump Jr. is selling t-shirts on his website that lampoon Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a film set.

The $27.99 shirt reads, “guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people.” The new apparel debuted after Baldwin accidentally fired a prop gun on a movie set that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

(Instagram/ Donald Trump Jr)

Baldwin parodied former President Donald Trump for years on Saturday Night Live, feuding with the Trump family throughout his term.

Trump Jr. also promoted the shirt on Instagram with a doctored photo of Baldwin.

(Instagram/ Donald Trump Jr)

Trump Jr.’s Instagram page has recently been a hub for Baldwin memes since the shooting. He faced criticism for the posts and responded to his critics in an Instagram story.

“Screw all the sanctimony I’m seeing out there. If the shoe was on the other foot Alex Baldwin would literally be the first person pissing on everybody’s grave trying to make a point,” Trump Jr. wrote. “F*ck him!”

According to Reuters, Baldwin was rehearsing a shot that involved drawing his prop gun and pointing it at the camera when it went off, striking Hutchins in the chest.

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​​Donald Trump Jr sells T-shirts mocking Alec Baldwin set shooting

October 23, 2021

Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on set, killing 1, injuring another

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a film set, killing one crew member and injuring another.

Halyna Hutchins, director of photography on “Rust” and director Joel Souza were shot Thursday during production in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation,” Baldwin tweeted. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

A spokesperson for Baldwin said a prop gun filled with blanks misfired. The circumstances around the gun’s firing weren’t immediately apparent.

“This investigation remains open and active,” said Juan Rios, Santa Fe County sheriff’s spokesman.

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Alec Baldwin shoots prop gun, killing 1, injuring another on set of ‘Rust,’ officials say

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