Hollywood is rife with scandal.
That doesn’t stop celebrities from preaching to average Americans around the country.
Now one Hollywood star involved in a deadly shooting could be in deep trouble.
Alec Baldwin is not out of the woods regarding the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of the western Rust.
Baldwin has done his best to deflect blame by saying that the gun in his hand accidentally went off without a trigger pull.
But an FBI report recently shot down that outlandish theory.
From ABC News:
“The gun used in the fatal shooting on the ‘Rust’ movie set could not have been fired without pulling the trigger, according to an FBI forensic report…Actor Alec Baldwin shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western, which he was producing and starring in, last year. The actor believed he was handling a ‘cold gun’ — one without live ammunition — when it went off and a live bullet struck Hutchins, killing her. The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also wounded in the shooting.”
Baldwin has attempted to refuse the FBI report with a post on social media.
Baldwin shared a screenshot of a news report that read:
“Baldwin has repeatedly said that he pulled back the gun’s hammer as far as he could without cocking the gun and released the hammer – but did not pull the trigger. A newly released BI forensics report says the weapon could not be fired during FBI testing of its normal functioning without pulling the trigger while the gun was cocked. The report noted the gun eventually malfunctioned during FBI testing after internal parts fractured, which caused the gun to go off in the cocked position without pulling the trigger. Luke Nikas, an attorney for the acotro told CNN on Sunday the FBI report ‘is being misconstrued.’”
The article does not appear to prove the point Baldwin wants it to prove.
Presumably, the gun parts only fractured—and malfunctioned—once, which was during testing.
That means the gun did not “fracture” and malfunction on the film set.
Baldwin has attempted to lay all blame at the feet of Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film’s armorer.
However, Reed has stated that the working conditions created by Baldwin, one of the producers, led to the tragic shooting.
Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles said in a statement, “These new filings demonstrate various production members’ attempts from the very beginning to shirk responsibility and scapegoat Hannah, a 24-year-old armorer, for this tragedy…Hannah was tasked with doing two jobs including props assistant and the very important job as armorer but not given adequate time and training days to do so despite repeated requests or the respect required of the armorer’s position and responsibilities.”
Needless to say, there are still many unanswered questions surrounding Hutchins’s shooting death.
Baldwin has attempted to put the incident behind him and move on with his career, but that is simply impossible right now.