“Today’s press conference is a sham and should be dismissed as such,” said the lawyer for NYPD Lt. Keith Fagan, who has been implicated in the shooting of an unarmed black man by New York police officers. It was revealed that Baldwin did not immediately contact his managers after being stopped
New information on Alec Baldwin’s shooting has surfaced.
SAG standards were disregarded, firearms were utilized for target practice by the team, and the assistant director had a shady history.
On Sunday, court papers were made public about the shooting murder of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust by Alec Baldwin. The data starts to portray a more full picture, and it’s not nice.
According to the Associated Press, cameraman Reid Russell talked with a detective investigating the event. He said that Baldwin was practicing a sequence on Thursday in which he was supposed to pull his pistol and point it at the camera while sitting in a church seat. The camera was not rolling at the time of the collision, according to Russell’s statement in the search warrant affidavit.
Authorities in Santa Fe, New Mexico interrogated deputy director Dave Halls on Friday about providing the handgun to Baldwin. He’d informed Baldwin it was a “cold gun,” meaning everything was in working order and ready to go. Obviously, that wasn’t the situation when the tragedy happened, but Russell maintained Baldwin was cautious, citing one incident when he made sure a kid actor on the set wasn’t in the area when a pistol was fired. Dave Halls has previously been on set for a firearm-related incident. Hall, who was the assistant director for Freedom’s Path, was dismissed in late 2019 for a similar reason – a pistol was accidently discharged in the proximity of a crew member, according to Deadline. The individual jumped backwards as a result of this; it was a close call.
The following is what Rocket Soul Studios had to say about their Dave Halls incident:
“I can confirm that Dave Halls was sacked off the set of Freedom’s Path in 2019 after a crew member was injured in an unintentional discharge of a pistol. Following the firing of the prop gun, Halls was taken off the set. Once Dave was off-site, production resumed shooting. At the time, an incident report was collected and submitted.”
The revelation included details on how director Joel Souza was harmed. He was presumably standing behind Hutchins when the bullet traveled through Hutchins’ chest and hit him.
When questioned whether Baldwin had checked to see if the gun was loaded, Souza said he couldn’t remember. He thought he heard the words “cold gun,” but that was definitely not the case. When he aimed the pistol at Hutchins, Baldwin broke one of SAG’s (the Screen Actors Guild) golden rules. “Assume that all weapons are loaded and/or ready to use. Playing with weapons is dangerous, and you should never aim one at anybody, even yourself. Regarding all weapons, follow the Property Master’s and/or Weapons Handler’s instructions.”
There had been several documented misfires on the Rust set, so the team knew it was a malfunctioning piece of equipment, as previously stated.
“The smoking pistol that killed Halyna Hutchins might’ve been more than just an on-set prop — it was also fired recreationally, even when the cameras weren’t filming,” TMZ revealed. Multiple witnesses on the scene supported the tale, claiming that the pistol was used for recreational purposes with live ammunition, which explains why there was one in the first place. Furthermore, according to the claims, blank and live rounds were combined and kept on the set together.
Maggie Goll, a propmaker and licensed pyrotechnician, has contributed to the long list of allegations leveled against Halls, including his snarky conduct on the set of Hulu’s Into the Dark series in 2019. The supervising pyrotechnician on the set lost consciousness as a consequence of Halls’ disrespect for safety standards on firearms and explosives.
Serge Svetnoy, the production’s head electrician, blamed the producers for Hutchins’ death. Svetnoy has worked with Hutchins many times and claims that the set of Rust was littered with “negligence and unprofessionalism.”
Alec Baldwin was the one who fired the gun in the end, therefore part of the culpability must lie on him. Many of his colleagues have expressed their opinions.
“We were all very astonished,” said Jeffrey Wright of The Batman and James Bond fame. And that influenced everything we did after that… I don’t remember ever being given a weapon that hadn’t been cleared in front of me — that is, the chamber had been opened, the barrel had been shown to me, and a light had been flashed within the barrel to ensure it was clean. Clearly, there was a set that had been mishandled.”
Ray Liotta, who has used a pistol in almost every one of his films, acknowledged that the weapons he employs are well vetted. “They always check it so you can see it, as far as I’m aware.” They hand it over to the person you’re aiming the pistol at, they hand it over to the producer, they simply demonstrate anyone is around that it doesn’t work.”
“If someone tells you that weapon is clear, it’s okay, you can hit them in the face,” the renowned Harvey Keitel said of the weapons technique. You must inspect the weapon for yourself. “What a catastrophe; it’s a tragedy,” I say.
On Twitter, Adam Baldwin (no related) was questioned about the incident. “He won’t accept it, but there’s solid counsel out there for Alec now to man up, confess, and throw himself on the mercy of the court (both legal and public opinion) and $ pay $ for his negligence/recklessness,” he added in the first message. #ChangeMyMind”
He won’t listen, but there’s sound advise out there for Alec right now: man up, confess, and put himself at the mercy of the court (both legal and public opinion) and pay the price for his carelessness. #ChangeMyMind
25 October 2021 — Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin)
“In 40+ years no one’s ever given me a handgun on stage that wasn’t open and readily eyeballed by me personally as to its state, loaded or unloaded,” Adam said when questioned about personally verifying the pistol provided to him on set. As a 40-year film veteran and producer, Alec has had firsthand experience with this. At best, he was irresponsible. Period.”
No one has ever given me a weapon on set that wasn’t open and readily eyeballed by me as to its state, loaded or empty, in over 40 years.
As a 40-year film veteran and producer, Alec has had firsthand experience with this.
At best, he was irresponsible.
25 October 2021 — Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin)
Legal speculation about Alec Baldwin’s allegations seems to revolve on “negligent manslaughter,” which carries a maximum term of 18 months in jail.
The New York Post met with Joseph Costa, a Los Angeles attorney with Costa Law.
“As an executive producer, you are in a position of power and potentially face criminal charges.” It’s the same as drinking and driving, in that someone may not plan to damage others, but they do.”
Production on Rust is now on hold, which is understandable. Baldwin was spotted with Halyna’s family in a New Mexico motel on Saturday morning, to his credit. According to the New York Post, the Husband, son, and Baldwin all ate breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant before grabbing baggage trolleys and departing.