Alec Baldwin does not believe he will be criminally charged for the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust.
“I hired a private investigator,” Baldwin told CNN, later adding that the last 10 months had “taken years out of my life.”
Baldwin was rehearsing with the gun that killed Halyna on October 21. An FBI forensic report released last week determined that the .45 Colt could not have been fired without someone pulling the trigger. It also noted that 150 rounds of ammunition were found on the set. Baldwin, who was a producer on the western film, has repeatedly stated that he never pulled the trigger. The actor reiterated to CNN that there are two people responsible for Halyna’s death: Assistant Director Dave Halls, who handed him the gun and declared it “cold”, meaning it had no live ammunition, and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who served as a gunsmith and props. movie assistant.
“Why not [Gutierrez Reed] check this bullet? Why didn’t Halls obey her? asked Baldwin. ‘Why did he give me the gun?’ Why didn’t he check? Why did he tell the crew [it was a cold gun]?”
Based on the findings of Baldwin’s private investigator, he does not believe anyone will be criminally charged. Santa Fe County prosecutors did not indicate which way his investigation is leaning.
“I’m pretty confident that none of them should ever work on a movie set again,” said Baldwin. “I sincerely believe… [investigators are] say it was an accident. It’s tragic.”
The actor noted that he doesn’t want to “condemn” Gutierrez Reed.
“I mean, maybe it’s the Catholic in me,” Baldwin explained. “I have an impulse to say, I don’t want to see anyone suffer. I don’t want to sit there and say, you know, go get her and condemn her.”
Lawyers for Halls and Gutierrez Reed told the paper that Baldwin is trying to take the blame for himself.
Baldwin revealed that he lost five jobs in less than a year because of the accident.
“I got fired from another job yesterday,” he said. “There I was ready to go to the movies, jump on a plane… I’ve been talking to these guys for months and they told me yesterday that we don’t want to do the movie with you because of that.”
Many people expressed their views on the tragedy, including former President Donald Trump, who said Baldwin shot the director of photography on purpose. O 30 Rock alum said he fears for his safety because of comments like this.
“There’s just a torrent of people attacking me who don’t know the facts,” he said. Baldwin credits his wife Hilaria, who is pregnant with the couple’s seventh child, for being her rock in all of this.
“If I didn’t have my wife, I don’t know where I would be right now,” he said. “If I didn’t have it, I probably would have given up, retired, gone, you know, sold everything I had, got a house in the middle of nowhere and only you know how to find something else to do, sell real estate.”
Baldwin noted that he wanted to end Rust to Halyna’s family – “we wanted to put the money in the kid’s pocket”. Halyna and her husband Matt Hutchins shared a young son. They’re suing Baldwin and others for manslaughter. The actor doesn’t feel responsible, however, something Matt previously called “absurd”.
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“Someone put a live bullet in the gun who should have known better,” added Baldwin. “That was [Gutierrez Reed’s] job. His job was to look at the ammo and put the fake ammo or blank ammo, and there shouldn’t be any live ammo on set.
“There are two people who haven’t done what they were supposed to do,” he continued. “I’m not sitting there saying I want them to, you know, go to prison, or I want their lives to be hell. I don’t want that, but I want everyone to know that these are the two people that are responsible for what happened.”
Baldwin reiterated that Halyna’s death is “the worst thing ever”.
“Someone died, and it was preventable. It was so unnecessary,” he said. “Every day of my life I think about it.”
Baldwin reposted a portion of the CNN interview on social media that explained how the gun went off without pulling the trigger.
“The most important part of this article is this first sentence. No one has ever maintained, for my part, that a cocked gun simply went off without pulling the trigger. The gun was never cocked. Never. The hammer was pulled back as far as possible. as it could go WITHOUT cocking the gun. When released, it caused the gun to fire,” Baldwin wrote. “Not cocked. No pulling the trigger. Pull the hammer just… and release. Who put the live cartridge in the gun?”