It was in October that Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin, while rehearsing a scene on a New Mexico movie set, drew and fired a revolver mistakenly loaded with live ammunition and shot two individuals, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
Now all of the bodycam footage and investigative files of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office related to that incident have been released, including a video of Baldwin’s interview with investigators immediately afterward in which he acknowledged firing the fatal shot, The Conservative Brief reported.
That would seem to at least partially contradict or undermine his later insistence that, while he did indeed draw the weapon and cock it, he never actually pulled the trigger.
Baldwin admitted firing shot
Fox News reported that the bodycam footage of the Baldwin interview with deputies appeared to show him reenacting the incident in an attempt to explain to investigators what had occurred.
“When I shot the gun, away from the cameraman, I never aim the gun at the camera, I turned and I went like this,” Baldwin said while pointing his finger like a gun. “And she was there. And the gun went off. And she just went right on the ground.”
The files showed that it still remains unclear who, exactly, is at fault here, as both armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed and assistant director David Hall are alleged to be the ones that handed the loaded weapon to Baldwin.
Further, it still remains unknown how live ammunition ended up on the set and became mixed in with blanks and dummy rounds.
“Willful and serious” safety violations by Baldwin’s production team
Meanwhile, Deadline reported that just a week prior to the sheriff’s release of the investigative files, the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau issued a “damning report” on the incident that found “serious management failures” as well as “willful and serious” workplace safety violations by the “Rust” film’s production team — which includes Baldwin.
Those problems have resulted in a nearly $137,000 fine but, oddly enough, Baldwin has claimed through his attorney — as did Reed through hers — that they have been exonerated of any and all wrongdoing by that report.
That’s not exactly the case, though, and seemingly has little bearing on whether criminal charges are eventually pressed against certain individuals involved in the shooting incident.
Criminal charges could still be forthcoming
In fact, Santa Fe Sheriff Adan Mendoza recently told the “Today” show that “It’s too early to rule anything out right now” in terms of potential criminal charges.
The sheriff added, “I don’t think anybody’s off the hook when it comes to criminal charges. And again, we’ll work in conjunction with the district attorney’s office to try to determine that.”