Prosecutors awaiting the investigative report from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office will weigh evidence during the Oct. 21, 2021 filming of the Old West film set outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, to determine whether to prosecute the charges. Baldwin and crew members were rehearsing a scene in a rustic church when a gag gun went off in the actor’s hand, killing cameraman Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
Investigations into the tragedy have focused on how a live ammunition ended up on a movie set.
In his interview with DailyExpertNews, Baldwin placed responsibility for the tragedy on Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who served as the gunsmith and props assistant on the film, and assistant director Dave Halls, who handed him the gun. Through their respective attorneys, both Gutierrez Reed and Halls accused Baldwin of blaming others.
“Someone put a sharp bullet in the gun who should have known better,” Baldwin said. “That was [Gutierrez Reed’s] function. Her job was to look at the ammunition and enter the dummy round or the blank round, and there were no live rounds on set.
“There are two people who didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” he added. “I’m not sitting there saying I want them, you know, to go to jail, or I want their lives to be hell. I don’t want that, but I want everyone to know that those are the two people who responsible for what happened.”
According to an administrative complaint filed this month by the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Office against the manufacturing company, Gutierrez told Reed Halls to alert her when Baldwin arrived so she could perform a security check on his firearm. The complaint goes on to say that the gun master left the church “in the expectation that Mr. Halls would notify her when Mr. Baldwin arrived.” Instead, the indictment says, Halls gave the revolver directly to Baldwin.
“Why not? [Gutierrez Reed] check that bullet? Why didn’t Halls obey her?’ Baldwin continued. ‘Why did he give me the gun? Why didn’t he check it? Why did he tell the crew? [it was a cold gun]?”
Baldwin also wondered aloud whether Seth Kenney, the props supplier for the film, had accidentally supplied bullets to the “Rest” set. An FBI report released last week said dozens of bullets were found on the set that matched live ammunition.
In January, Gutierrez Reed sued the film’s weapons and ammunition supplier, accusing PDQ Arm and Prop, LLC. and founder Seth Kenney of trade practice violations, false and deceptive product labels, and false and material misrepresentations. In the suit, Gutierrez Reed claims that Kenney sold her a cache of dummy ammo with live rounds mixed in.
Kenney’s attorneys filed a response last month, denying all charges and asking the court to drop the case.
“We agree with Mr. Baldwin and believe that as the primary ammunition supplier Seth Kenney mixed live rounds with blank rounds in the ammunition supplied to Rust,” Jason Bowles, attorney for Gutierrez Reed, said in a statement to DailyExpertNews. . “We have again requested that the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI test the live rounds for fingerprints and DNA to confirm where the live rounds came from. To date, they have not done so with regard to this vital question, which must be answered to the full truth of what happened.”
DailyExpertNews has contacted the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
“We do not agree with Mr Baldwin’s attempts to blame others. It is not for him to decide whether to apportion the blame,” Bowles added.
In a statement, Halls’ attorney said Baldwin is trying to shift the blame from himself.
“Baldwin points the finger at others because the evidence points to him,” said Lisa Torraco. “Halls is not responsible. Everyone needs to stop. People are only pointing the finger at Halls because they don’t want the responsibility of being wrong. Halls is a scapegoat. People need to look at the evidence.”
Luke Nikas, a lawyer for the actor, told DailyExpertNews on Sunday that the FBI report is “misinterpreted”.
“When Alec Baldwin showed up for filming that tragic day, he had no reason in the world to think there was a live bullet in that gun, in that church, or even on that property,” Nikas told DailyExpertNews in a subsequent interview. conversation on Thursday. “It would be a huge miscarriage of justice” [to charge Baldwin].”
‘I don’t want to see anyone suffer’
In the past 10 months, Baldwin says he has replayed the events leading up to the fatal shooting. As he waited for Santa Fe County prosecutors to release the results of their investigation, Baldwin says he has taken matters into his own hands.
“I hired a private detective,” he said.
Based on what his private investigator reported to him, Baldwin said he does not believe he will face criminal charges.
Baldwin said he believes Gutierrez Reed and Halls would not face criminal charges either.
“I’m pretty sure neither of you should ever be allowed to work on a movie set again,” he said. “I honestly believe… [investigators are] say it was an accident. It’s tragic.”
Baldwin added that he does not want to “condemn” Gutierrez Reed.
“I mean, maybe it’s the Catholic in me,” Baldwin said. “I tend to say I don’t want to see anyone suffer. I don’t want to sit there and say, you know, go get her and judge her.’
‘That she died, that’s the worst of all’
“People are talking about finishing the movie to honor Halyna and I’m all for that, which is great. But more importantly, we wanted to put the money in the kid’s pocket,” Baldwin told DailyExpertNews, referring to the son from Hutchins.
Baldwin says he’s lost five jobs since the “Rest” filming and would have left the film industry had it not been for his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, who is expecting their seventh child this fall.
“I was fired from another job yesterday,” he said. “There I was all set to go to a movie, jump on a plane… I’ve been talking to these guys for months and they told me yesterday that’s why we don’t want to make the movie with you.”
Baldwin says it’s that kind of stress that “took years off my life.”
“There’s just a stream of people attacking me who don’t know the facts,” he said, crediting his family’s support for keeping him going.
“If I didn’t have my wife I don’t know where I would be now… If I didn’t have her I probably would have quit, retired, left, you know, I sold everything I owned “I have a house in the middle of nowhere and you know you’ve found something else to do, sell real estate.”
If and when he returns to a movie or TV, Baldwin says he won’t be working with real weapons anymore. Filmmakers can now use digital effects to create realistic weapons on screen, he says.
Baldwin also says that not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about Hutchins and what happened that day.
“Everyone loved her as a person,” Baldwin said, praising Hutchin’s talent and character.
“That she died is the worst of all. Someone died, and it was avoidable. It was so unnecessary,” he said. “Every day of my life I think about that.”
Correction: This story has been corrected to accurately reflect Seth Kenney’s response to the allegations in the lawsuit filed by Hannah Gutierrez Reed.
Brandon Griggs, Julia Jones, Josh Campbell and Kevin Flower of DailyExpertNews contributed to this report.