Alec Baldwin’s actor brother Daniel Baldwin says that Alec should be cleared of “any responsibility at all” in the shooting incident that killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust
Alec Baldwin’s brother, Daniel Baldwin, has jumped to the defence of the star following the fatal shooting on the set of Rust last month.
Actor Alec, 63, accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured 48-year-old director Joel Souza after the “prop” gun he was using contained live rounds.
Alec says he thought he was handed a “cold gun,” meaning the weapon wasn’t loaded.
Now, in an Instagram Live interview on The Domenick Nati Show, his brother Daniel has said Alec shouldn’t receive any blame for the horrific accident.
He said that his brother shouldn’t receive any criticism as he was informed by the film’s assistant director Dave Halls that the revolver he was given had been called a “cold gun”.
Daniel said: “Remember: The actor’s an idiot. They’re there to do the acting. A number of protocols that have been made known to the public and known in this case exonerate Alec of any responsibility at all.
“What I’m telling you is this, he (Halls) made that announcement to the set. In order to make that announcement, you should have been witnessing an empty weapon handed to you or gone over, or dry-fired the weapon. I don’t know what they did.”
He continued: “That announcement alone exonerates him (Alec) of wrongdoing. There was two layers of protection before Alec that both of them screwed the pooch.”
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s office continues to investigate the incident, but a complaint was filed by head electrician on Rust Serge Svetnoy.
He told LA Superior Court of the general negligence against on set, including by production, the financiers, Alec Baldwin, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, Dave Halls, property master Sarah Zachry, armorer mentor Seth Kenny and more.
His complaint read: “This incident was caused by the negligent acts and omission of Defendants, and each of them, as well as their agents, principals, and employers.
“Simply put, there was no reason for a live bullet to be placed in that .45 Colt revolver to be present anywhere on the Rust set, and the presence of a bullet in a revolver posed a lethal threat to everyone in its vicinity.”
Lawyers for armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed said earlier this month they believe the whole incident was caused by “sabotage from a disgruntled crew member”.
The 24-year-old’s attorney, Jason Bowles said: “I believe that somebody who would do that, would want to sabotage the set, would want to prove a point, want to say they’re disgruntled, they’re unhappy.
“And we know that people had already walked off the set the day before and the reason they are unhappy is they’re working 12 to 14 hour days, they are not given hotel rooms in and around the area, so they had to drive back and forth an hour to Albuquerque, and they’re unhappy.”
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