the director of photography Halyna Hutchins died after being hit by gunshots from a gun Baldwin was holding. during a rehearsal last October on a set in the state of New Mexico. A criminal investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and prosecutors have not yet ruled out charging those involved.
“I honestly believe … (that investigators) are going to say this was an accident,” Baldwin said in one of the rare interviews he has given so far about the episode.
The actor told CNN that over the past 10 months, he’s gone over and over the events leading up to the shooting and that he’s hired a private investigator.
Yes ok insists that he does not want to “condemn” Hannah Gutiérrez-Reedthe gunsmith and prop assistant on the film set, said that both she and assistant director Dave Halls, who handed the gun to the actor moments before the shooting, are responsible for what happened.
“Somebody put a live bullet in the gun and they should have known about it,” Baldwin said. “That was (Gutierrez-Reed’s) job. His job was to look at the ammunition … and there was not supposed to be any live ammunition on set,” he added.
“There are two people who did not do what they should do. (…) I do not want them to go to prison or their lives to be hell. I do not want that, but I do want everyone to know that these are the two people responsible for what what happened”.
Baldwin, who in addition to assuming the leading role of rust He was the producer of the film has been the subject of a series of civil lawsuits after what happenedeven from the Hutchins family.
He had previously claimed that he was told the gun did not contain live ammunition, that Hutchins had instructed him to point the gun in his direction, and that he did not pull the trigger. But a recent FBI forensic report concluded that the gun could not have been fired “without pulling the trigger.”
Gutiérrez-Reed sued the movie’s ammunition supplier, accusing him of having real bullets among the blank cartridges.
On Thursday, his attorney, Jason Bowles, criticized the FBI for failing to conduct DNA or fingerprint tests to establish who had handled the live bullets found on the set.
“It is inconceivable that the sheriff would not seek answers to this fundamental question, which poses a serious problem with the entire investigation,” he said in a statement.
After Baldwin’s last interview, attorneys for Gutierrez-Reed and Halls told CNN that the actor was trying to divert attention.