Last Thursday, Dec. 2, Alec Baldwin told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos in a sit-down interview that it is “highly unlikely” he will face criminal charges over the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
However, on Friday, First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies clarified that Alec Baldwin could still be “criminally culpable” in Hutchins’ death.
“Certain individuals may be criminally culpable for his/her actions and/or inactions on the set of Rust,” Carmack-Altwies told Deadline.
“Everyone involved in the handling and use of firearms on the set had a duty to behave in a manner such that the safety of others was protected, and it appears that certain actions and inactions contributed to this outcome,” Carmack-Altwies said.
Baldwin told Stephanopoulos that he was not responsible for Hutchins’ death and that he did not personally check the gun because actors should not be “the last line of defense” when it comes to gun safety.
“I cock the gun and I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’ And I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off,” said Baldwin.
“I mean, I honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself,” he went on.
He also stated in his interview that he did not pull the trigger on the revolver used on set during filming.
“The trigger was not pulled. I did not pull the trigger,” Baldwin said.
He added: “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger, ever. Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
On Oct. 21, while filming the movie Rust at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, a tragic event occurred. Renowned actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that should have been loaded with blanks, but instead, it fired a real bullet that killed the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded the director Joel Souza.
While the investigation is still ongoing, Baldwin and others involved in the case have been sued by several people involved in filming the movie.