SANTA FE, NM – Actor Alec Baldwin has a new defense he is mounting for any civil or criminal liability, claiming that the victim who died directed him to point the gun at her, somehow causing her death.
Oh yeah, his lawyers are also claiming that part of his contract for the film shields him from any civil liability.
Why did Alec Baldwin just say Halyna Hutchins is to blame for getting fatally shot by him?
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) March 12, 2022
In October of 2021, Baldwin was rehearsing a scene on the defunct movie set of “Rust” with film cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when a gun he was holding fired a live round, striking and killing Hutchins and injuring the film’s director.
In December of 2021, Baldwin spoke with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a televised interview and claimed that he never pulled the trigger of the gun he was holding and that he did not know there was a live round in the gun.
Baldwin went further and claimed that it was Hutchins who directed him to point the gun at her and pull the hammer of the gun back.
Baldwin, through his attorneys, claimed that he pulled the hammer back as requested by Hutchins and even asked her if she could see it well enough on the camera. When she replied that she could, he released the hammer and the gun somehow fired without the trigger being pulled.
Now, Baldwin is alleging that he was trained on the set that he did not have to check any firearms to verify there were no live rounds inside of it. He further stated this direction was given to him by the scene armorer, Heather Reed.
Baldwin’s attorneys claim that these circumstances mean that not only should he not face any criminal prosecution in the matter, but he should not be civilly liable in the lawsuit filed by Hutchins’ widower because of his contract.
In November, Hutchins’ husband, Matt Hutchins, filed a lawsuit against anyone he felt was responsible for the death of his wife, including Hutchins and Reed.
Alec Baldwin says his "Rust" contract makes him judgement proof in the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins … and he goes on to blame her for the fatal incident. https://t.co/NegHBO3Mel
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 11, 2022
In March of this year, Reed’s issued a statement responding to Baldwin’s recent claims, claiming that she was never called onto the set to check on the status of the firearms as is required.
Reed went further and claimed that Baldwin knew that he was never allowed to point any gun at crew members.
“Mr. Baldwin knew that he could never point a firearm at crew members under any circumstances and had a duty of safety to his fellow crew members. Yet, he did point the gun at Halyna before the fatal incident against all rules and common sense.”
The statement went further and noted that everyone on the set knew that Reed had to be notified and conduct an inspection anytime before a firearm is handled.
It’s something that she alleges did not occur, alluding that if she had been notified and inspected the gun Hutchins would not have been killed.
Reed also claims that she attempted to train Baldwin on the importance of firearm safety while on set, specifically working with him on the cross draw, but was unable to do so due to his refusal to accept the training and being shut down by producers on the set.
The statement said:
“Hannah emphasized the importance of training Mr. Baldwin in the cross draw, which is dangerous. He never accepted the offer and Hannah was not able to conduct that training as well as other training she wanted to do, because of budgeting and being overruled by production.”
Not to politicize this tragedy, but I can’t help thinking Alec Baldwin is a liberal’s liberal – blame anyone and everyone for your own failures and keep repeating the lie until it sticks. https://t.co/lbOC8zPBrt
— Hilary (@McGrathHilary) March 12, 2022
While the criminal investigation into the shooting death of Hutchins by Baldwin is still ongoing, investigators have not reported how a live round was able to make its way onto the set and into a gun that was supposed to be used as a prop.
The 63-year-old actor has been named in a lawsuit alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to court documents.
Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, was among the 13 U.S. service members killed in the attack at Kabul Airport during the disastrous pullout of American troops by the Biden administration on August 26 as troops withdrew from Afghanistan.
According to the suit, Baldwin sent the McCollum family a donation of $5,000 following McCollum’s death. But on January 3, McCollum’s sister posted a photo of herself to Instagram on January 6 at the Washington Monument.
Although she posed for the photo on the day of the insurrection and admitted she was present to protest the vote certification of the 2020 presidential election, the suit said she did not take part in the attack on the Capitol.
The lawsuit reads:
“During the rioting, she was stuck in place outside the Capitol Building next to multiple police officers for hours after the rioting began due to the fact that so many people were around her and the area had been locked down.
The lawsuit goes on to say Roice and Baldwin exchanged direct messages about her presence in Washington, D.C., on that day. In one, Baldwin labeled her a “rioter.”
In the messages, Baldwin wrote:
“When I sent the $ (money) for your late brother, out of real respect for his service to this country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter.”
Roice responded to the message defending herself against the accusations:
“Protesting is perfectly legal in the country, and I’ve already had my sit down with the FBI. Thanks, have a nice day!”
Baldwin then blasted the young woman, accusing her of involvement in the death of a police officer, damage of government property, and more:
“I don’t think so. Your activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election. I reposted your photo. Good luck.”
Baldwin reposted the photo on Instagram, calling Roice “an insurrectionist” in the caption. The post has since been deleted.
The lawsuit claims that with his 2.4 million followers, Baldwin should have known better than to republish the sister’s post. The court documents read:
“Baldwin’s conduct was negligent and reckless, as he should have known that making the allegations, he did against plaintiffs to his millions of followers would cause plaintiffs harm.
“Baldwin’s comments were false, outrageous, defamatory, irresponsible, vindictive, and caused – and continue to cause — plaintiffs’ severe emotional distress.
A summons has been issued for the avtor in U.S. District Court in Wyoming. Baldwin has 21 days to respond to the suit after being served. If he does not, judgment by default will be issued against him and he would owe the family $25 million.
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