Alec BaldwinLawyer speaks out against recent release FBI report on the tragic accidental shooting on the set of his film Rust who killed the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. But the star’s lawyer isn’t the only one to react – and there are always two different views on the events leading up to the tragedy.
As we covered, the FBI report – which was first released earlier this month – claimed that the weapon involved in Hutchins’ death “could not be brought to fire without pressing the trigger”. Baldwin has previously claimed that he did NOT pull the trigger on set, but the law enforcement investigation appears to contradict that.
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Now Baldwin’s lawyer Luke Nikas shared an aggressive new response with HEY. In the statement, which was released by the outlet on Monday, Nikas says the medical examiner’s report into Hutchins’ accidental death is the only report that matters in this tragic case:
“The critical report is that of the medical examiner, who concluded that it was a tragic accident. This is the third time New Mexico authorities have discovered that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly dangerous conditions on set, that the person in charge of security on set had told him that the weapon was “cold”. and believed the weapon was safe.
Nikas then criticized the FBI report and the audience’s response to that, saying it’s all “misinterpreted.”
The lawyer said:
“The FBI report is being misinterpreted. The gun only fired once in testing – without having to pull the trigger – when the hammer was pulled and the gun broke in two different places. The FBI was unable to fire the gun in a pre-test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.
Baldwin’s attorney isn’t the only one responding to the FBI report, however.
Also new on Monday, HEY published a lengthy statement by the lawyer of Rust gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. This lawyer took the opposite angle of Baldwin’s lawyer and rented the FBI’s findings. Their statement claims that the report exonerates Gutierrez-Reed and leaves Baldwin guilty of allegedly pulling the trigger:
“Newly released FBI reports show that the revolver was in good working order and that Baldwin must have pulled the trigger to fire the revolver, directly contradicting his earlier statements and those of Deputy Director Halls, through his attorney. , who also said Baldwin didn’t pull the trigger. The new complaint from the New Mexico Department of the Environment (OSHA) highlights serious production failures on the set of Rust that would have prevented this tragic filming.
Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney continued, adding more vitriol directed at Baldwin for allegedly “ignoring Hannah’s requests” for cross-draw weapons training on set before filming:
“These new documents demonstrate the attempts by various members of the production from the very beginning to shirk responsibility and scapegoat Hannah, a 24-year-old gunsmith, for this tragedy. Hannah was assigned to do two jobs, including that of prop assistant and the all-important gunsmith job, but she was not given enough time and days of training to do so despite repeated requests or the required respect for the armourer’s position and responsibilities. This included Baldwin in particular who ignored Hannah’s requests to do specific cross-draw training which would include never having her finger on the trigger during the cross-draw and never pointing the gun at anyone.
At this time, the New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney’s Office has yet to file any charges in Hutchins’ death. Sheriff’s detectives in the jurisdiction continue to review statements, phone records and other evidence.
By HEY, this law enforcement agency hopes to be able to forward the file to the public prosecutor soon. Prosecutors will then make the final decision on whether or not to pursue charges against anyone involved.
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