Alec Baldwin has said that he doesn’t believe that anyone else – including himself – will face criminal charges for the shooting on a film set that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The actor, 64, accidentally shot dead Hutchins, 42, on the set of his film ‘Rust’ in October 2021 and injured director Joel Souza in the incident in Bonanza Creek Ranch, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In an new interview, Baldwin broke down and revealed that he feels like the fatal incident has taken years off his life.
He has consistently denied that he pulled the trigger on the gun, which was supposed to be loaded with dummy bullets on the movie set.
The actor also hired a private investigator while prosecutors in New Mexico weighed up whether criminal charges will be laid over the fatal shooting in Sante Fe.
Speaking about the ordeal, Baldwin told CNN: ‘That private investigator as you probably know, did not have a difficult time accessing the staff of the sheriff’s department, and that person told us – quote, unquote – we’ve known in the department since January that Alec would not be charged with a crime.’
Last week, the FBI released a report that said the gun could not have possibly gone off without Baldwin deliberately firing it.
The armorer on the disastrous set of the Alec Baldwin film Rust says the FBI still has not tested the live rounds that killed Halyna Hutchins for fingerprints to find out how they ended up on set
Baldwin is awaiting a decision from prosecutors in New Mexico who must decide whether or not he should be criminally charged over the accident that occurred last October
They are yet to make a ruling, and are now no doubt weighing a damning FBI report released last week that said the gun could not have possible gone off without Baldwin deliberately firing it
Baldwin, speaking to CNN , said that he doesn’t believe he, Reed, Kenney or anyone will face criminal charges for Hutchins’ death but claims the whole process has taken years off his life
He specifically blamed former President Donald Trump – whom Baldwin famously impersonated on Saturday Night Live – for the stress
The former 30 Rock star continued to blame Reed (pictured) and Kenney for the shooting, arguing – and emphasizing in an Instagram post – that he cocked the gun and pulled back its hammer but did not pull the trigger
Jason Bowles, Gutierrez Reed’s attorney, agreed that more needed to be done to investigate Kenney’s role in the shooting of Hutchins (pictured on the set of Rust)
Meanwhile, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed said in a statement to DailyMail.com that the FBI has still not tested the live rounds that killed Hutchins for fingerprints to determine how they ended up on set.
He specifically blamed former President Donald Trump – whom Baldwin famously impersonated on Saturday Night Live – for the stress.
Baldwin said: ‘There is just this torrent of people attacking me who don’t know the facts’.
Trump baselessly suggested on a radio show last November that Baldwin not only fired the gun, but loaded it too.
The former 30 Rock star continued to blame Reed and Kenney for the shooting, arguing – and emphasizing in an Instagram post – that he cocked the gun and pulled back its hammer but did not pull the trigger.
He added on the social media site Friday: ‘The most important part of this article is this first sentence. No one has ever maintained, on my part, that a cocked gun just went off without pulling a trigger.
‘The gun was never cocked. Never. The hammer was pulled back as far as it could go WITHOUT cocking the gun. When released, it caused the gun to fire.
‘Not cocked. No trigger pull. Pull back hammer only…and release. Who put the live round in the gun?’
Baldwin added on the social media site Friday: ‘The most important part of this article is this first sentence. No one has ever maintained, on my part, that a cocked gun just went off without pulling a trigger. The gun was never cocked. Never’
Matt Hutchins, the widower of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is spotted moving items out of a female friend’s home in Hollywood
Jason Bowles, Gutierrez Reed’s attorney, agreed that more needed to be done to investigate Kenney’s role in the shooting.
Bowles said, in a statement: ‘We agree with Mr. Baldwin and believe that Seth Kenney as primary ammunition supplier commingled live rounds with blank rounds in the ammunition provided to Rust. We have again asked that the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and FBI test the live rounds for fingerprints and DNA to confirm where the live rounds came from. To date they have not done so on this vital question, which must be answered to uncover the full truth of what happened.’
Baldwin continued to ask questions of both Gutierrez Reed and assistant director Dave Halls in the interview.
‘Why didn’t shecheck that bullet? Why didn’t Halls obey her? Why did he give me the gun? Why didn’t he check? Why did he tell the crew [it was a cold gun]?’
Lisa Torraco, Halls’ attorney, says Baldwin wants to shift blame: ‘Baldwin is pointing the finger at others because the evidence is pointing at him. Halls is not responsible. Everyone needs to stop. People are only pointing the finger at Halls because they don’t want the responsibility of being wrong. Halls is a scapegoat. People need to look at the evidence.
The actor was seen, looking a bit disheveled, in a black t-shirt, navy blue shorts and sandals while out for lunch at Clam Bar in Montauk Hamptons earlier this week.
Baldwin has reappeared of late in the wake of the FBI report being made public. Meanwhile, Hutchins’ widower was seen earlier this week moving items out of a female friend’s home in Hollywood.
In an interview with Chris Cuomo on his new YouTube show, The Chris Cuomo Project, the actor said he’d grown tired of waiting for a decision from prosecutors, but that he has been told by his attorney not to push for one.
The interview appears to have been filmed before the FBI report was made public but it was only published on Tuesday morning.
Baldwin and Cuomo — who is making a comeback after being fired by CNN last year — commiserated over what they described as an unfair and possessed media that is hell-bent on destroying them, with Baldwin taking special aim at The New York Post and ‘anything [Rupert] Murdoch’ [owned].
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Alec Baldwin appeared on Chris Cuomo’s new YouTube channel, The Chris Cuomo Project, to insist he did not pull the trigger on the set of the movie Rust. The interview appears to have been filmed before the damning FBI report which claims he did
Baldwin as a guest on Cuomo’s new show, The Chris Cuomo Project. The episode aired on Tuesday morning
‘I used to think the Post was something cops would read for the sports page… but I was surprised to learn some of the people who read the Post.’
Halyna Hutchins was fatally wounded in the October 2021 accident
He gave a strange example to make his point.
‘If George Bush’s mother Barbara fell through the ice on a pond and I waded into the pond and saved life, they’d say I groped her. They’d say I squeezed her breast while I was pulling her out of the pond.
‘It doesn’t matter what you do – the ones that are out to get you are out to get you,’ he said.
‘These people hate liberals that can throw a punch — rhetorically.’
Baldwin went on to say that while he is frustrated by what has happened, the ‘real’ victim is Hutchins.
‘To focus on one thing — I am not the victim here. Things for me are going to get better, cleared up. I am 1000% sure.
‘Nothing is going to bring this woman back. She’s dead. She has a little boy.
‘This is the real tragedy. Everything we’ve said doesn’t matter — me, the press. My point is, the real tragedy is here is what happened to this woman.’
‘While we wait at nauseam for that report, every single person on the set of the film knows what happened
Baldwin added that ‘everyone on set knows what happened that day’ and the people shouting ‘loudest’ about what they think took place weren’t there.
‘Everybody is waiting for a sheriff’s report, the DA is not bound by that report, the DA can bring charges regardless.
‘While we wait at nauseam for that report, every single person on the set of the film knows what happened.
‘The people talking loudest about what happened or speculating about what happened were not on the set of the film — the LA Times, the Hollywood Reporter they talk on and on and on about ‘what if this’ and ‘what if that’.
Baldwin on the set of the movie Rust. He says the ‘only’ question to ask is who handed him a gun loaded with a live round
Baldwin, Hutchins, and others from the film. Baldwin says ‘everyone from the set’ knows what happened
Blame them not me: Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and Assistant Director Dave Halls (pictured) have been blamed for not making sure the gun was safe when it was handed to Baldwin
‘They have dined out on this and the thing they have in common is nobody was there. Everyone who was there knows exactly what happened and exactly who is to blame.’
Earlier on Thursday, Baldwin’s attorney said that the FBI report had been ‘misconstrued’.
‘The FBI report is being misconstrued. 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,’ he said.