The show business world was stunned at the news of a deadly shooting on the New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin film, Rust, and the tragic story took an even more appalling turn last week when the actor seemed to point the finger of blame at the woman who was killed in the incident, as the New York Post reports.
During a lengthy interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous, Baldwin recounted his recollections of what occurred on the fateful October day when the movie’s photography director, Halyna Hutchins was fatally struck by a bullet when a gun he was holding discharged.
In discussing the immediate sequence of events that led to Hutchins’ death, Baldwin said, “Everything is at her direction. I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up right below her armpit. Which is what I was told – I don’t know.”
Baldwin also shed tears while insisting to Stephanopoulous that he did not pull the trigger on the gun involved in the shooting and claimed that initially, he thought that Hutchins had simply fainted on the set.
The actor suggested a possible theory of what went wrong, stating, “Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property
Shockingly, Baldwin declared during the sit-down that he harbors no guilt over the woman’s death, adding, “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is. But I know it’s not me.”
Legal experts have been divided on the wisdom of Baldwin’s decision to speak publicly about Hutchins’ death, with some suggesting that his remarks about what remains an active investigation could ultimately be used as evidence against him in a criminal or civil trial, as Fox News notes.
According to former assistant U.S. attorney Neama Rahmani, Baldwin’s conversation with Stephanopoulous was a “mistake” as well as a “calculated public relations move that may backfire,” and Los Angeles attorney Miguel Custodio characterized it as a “super risky move…because he’s taking an absolute position on how the gun was fired.”
In the wake of the ABC interview, Santa Fe, New Mexico District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies issued a statement on Friday making it clear that nobody who was present on the Rust set on the day Hutchins died is in the clear yet when it comes to potential charges, and though Baldwin seems to believe he bears no responsibility for what went wrong that day, only time will tell if he is deemed correct.