In October last year, actor and producer Alec Baldwin shot a scene from the upcoming film Rust in New Mexico. However, the weapon he held contained sharp ammunition by mistake, and Baldwin inadvertently shot cameraman Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
Investigators have now released videos that capture the moments immediately following the shot. They show police officers and paramedics rushing to the scene of the chaos, and the Hutchins are trying in vain to save lives.
Another footage released by Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Monday shows Baldwin dressed as a cowboy practicing with a weapon that appears to have killed the cameraman later.
Investigators have also released a video showing Baldwin shortly after the deadly incident, according to CNN. In it, the actor is in a cramped interrogation room and asks if he is accused of anything. The investigator explains that it is only an interrogation and reads him his basic rights.
“Do you think anyone would do it on purpose?” The investigator asks Baldwin a moment later. “I can’t imagine who would do that,” the actor replies without hesitation.
He describes how he normally handled weapons during filming. He also mentions that Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of the weapon during the filming, handed the pistol directly to him. According to the testimony of director Joel Souza, who was interrogated by the investigators at the hospital, the proprietor should have said that the weapon was “clean”, ie that it did not contain any sharp bullets.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office released a number of other documents on Monday regarding the ongoing investigation. Apart from the videos, these are photographs, recordings, reports from the accident site or questioning of witnesses.
“Various components of the investigation remain unresolved, including FBI forensic analysis and ballistic expertise, DNA and latent fingerprint analysis, the New Mexico Medical Examiner’s Office findings, and an analysis of data from Mr. Alec Baldwin’s phone obtained by Suffolk County Sheriff’s Investigators. , “Said Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza.
Baldwin’s lawyer said the actor welcomed the investigation and that some of the information in the newly released footage confirmed his description of the events.
“The information revealed by the authorities again proves that Mr Baldwin acted responsibly and did not have control over any production problems identified in the OSHA (Office for Safety and Health at Work) report,” Baldwin’s legal Deputy Luke Nikas.
The police did not accuse Baldwin of anything, but the actor is facing several lawsuits from the staff members and the family of the deceased cameraman is also asking for financial compensation.
“In addition, the interrogations and affidavits published today continue to confirm Mr Baldwin’s description of the events – including an affidavit from a detective who said that a cameraman standing next to Ms Hutchins and Mr Souza at the time of the accident confirmed that Mr Baldwin handled weapons on the scene. “cautiously,” says Nikas’s lawyer.
According to The New York Times, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said the documents were released following numerous requests from the media. The reason was also to try to show what facts still need to be investigated before the case is handed over to the prosecutor’s office.
The release of the documentaries followed a week after the Labor Inspectorate in the US state of New Mexico fined Rust Movie Productions the highest possible $ 137,000 (about three million crowns) for violating the rules on handling weapons during the filming of Rust.
The New Mexico investigation concluded that the production company knew that the rules for safe handling of weapons were not observed during the filming, and that it was “completely indifferent” to it, writes the Reuters agency.
Rust Movie Production has stated in the past that it is not aware that safety regulations are violated during filming. This time, in a statement, she praised the “time and effort” that the labor inspectorate devoted to the investigation, but does not agree with its conclusions and intends to appeal against them.