The 63 year old actor fired a gun while rehearsing a scene of the film “Rust,” which he was producing at the time. The gun was not supposed to be loaded. A bullet went through Halyna Hutchins, killing her, then hit director Joel Souza in the shoulder, injuring him.
While many people are trying to spin the story as an accident to give Baldwin the benefit of the doubt, many of the details just aren’t adding up. Some people have come out and said that the actor was extremely negligent in his actions, while others on the set have outright accused Baldwin of deliberately shooting Hutchins.
“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of a firearm,” alleges Mamie Mitchell, the film’s script supervisor, in a lawsuit against the actor.
Apparently, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office believes that there may be information on Baldwin’s phone that could be related to what led to Hutchins’ death in October.
Investigators previously asked Baldwin to hand over his phone, but he refused, telling them to get a warrant.
Police have confirmed that conversations about the doomed production were found on Halyna Hutchins’ phone dating back to July 14th, and have stated that “gathering information prior to the film start date of Rust is essential for a full investigation.”
Emails have also been uncovered between Baldwin and the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, which discuss the type of gun to use in the scene. The actor apparently “requested a bigger gun,” according to the search warrant affidavit. He chose a “period” Colt with a brown handle.
The search warrant affidavit also states that Gutierrez-Reed told investigators she checked the gun following the shooting.
“She checked the cartridge which would have been the one fired and said the first one she pulled out didn’t have ‘that’ (pointing to the projectile end of a bullet),” according to the warrant.
The other rounds in the chamber were dummy rounds.
The document also states that Gutierrez-Reed said she “did not believe anyone on the film set would be that malicious” to bring live ammunition onto the set.
Earlier this month in a bizarre interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Alec Baldwin claimed that he “didn’t pull the trigger.” He also stated that someone else put the live round in the gun.
Clearly, if they want to check out his phone conversations, the police think this was more than just an accident.