Alec Baldwin’s attorney said the FBI report claiming the actor pulled the trigger on the gun he used to accidentally shoot Halyna Hutchins was ‘misunderstood’, again emphasizing that the faulty weapon fired itself .
The FBI report surfaced last week and claimed for the first time that Baldwin had to pull the trigger to kill Hutchins, the 42-year-old cinematographer of the Western Rust film.
Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas insists that this is not necessarily the case.
‘The FBI report is being misinterpreted. The gun only test fired once – without having to pull the trigger – when the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places. ‘
“The FBI was unable to fire the gun in any of its previous tests, even when the trigger was pulled, because it was in poor condition,” he said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
He emphasized that the reports that are important and paint an accurate picture of what happened are those completed by New Mexico authorities.
Baldwin, buckling with grief, after being told Halyna Hutchins had died from injuries he unwittingly inflicted
The actor, pictured with Hutchins and director Joel Souza, also injured Souza in a similar incident with a .45 Colt gun.
‘The key report is from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident.
‘This is the third time that New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or was unaware of allegedly unsafe conditions on set, and the person in charge of safety on set said. that the gun is ‘cold’, ‘and believes the gun is safe.
The FBI report has yet to be made public.
However, ABC News obtained a copy of it and cited its key finding that the gun ‘couldn’t fire without pulling the trigger while the internals were intact and in good working order. .’
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether there are any charges in the case, saying they will review the latest reports and are awaiting cell phone data from Baldwin’s attorneys.
Baldwin pointed a gun at cameraman Hutchins when it erupted on October 21, killing Hutchins and injuring the director, Joel Souza. They were inside a small church during setup to shoot a scene.
A new FBI report claims that Baldwin must have pulled the trigger to fire the shot that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust last year.
The video shows investigators telling the actor that Hutchins, 42, couldn’t stand her injuries, and Baldwin immediately said ‘no’ as he returned to his seat in shock. Baldwin, 64, was seen putting his hand to his mouth as he peered between the two investigators in stunned silence
Meanwhile, the film’s representative, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, said she was made a ‘scapegoat’ after the shooting.
Baldwin is adamant that sheriff’s investigators should question Hannah Gutierrez, pictured, the investigator, about the shooting
The spokesman also said: ‘The newly released FBI report indicates the pistol was in good working order and Baldwin had to pull the trigger to fire the pistol, directly contradicting his previous statements and of Assistant Director Halls, through his attorney, who also said Baldwin did not pull the trigger. ‘
While it’s too early to say how much weight the medical investigator’s report will have on the district attorney’s office, Baldwin’s legal team says it’s further evidence that the shooting was ‘a catastrophic accident’ and he should not face criminal charges.
‘This is the third time that New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or was unaware of allegedly unsafe conditions on set, and the person in charge of safety on set said. that the gun was ‘cold’, ‘and believed the gun was safe,’ attorney Luke Nikas said in a statement.
Baldwin said in a December interview with ABC News that he was pointing a gun at Hutchins as directed by her on the set of the western film ‘Rust’ when it broke out after he took it down. He said he didn’t pull the trigger.
With the hammer fully in place, the FBI report said the gun could not fire without pulling the trigger while the internals were intact and in good working order.
During the FBI’s inspection of the gun, authorities said, parts of the trigger fired – part of the trigger mechanism that held the hammer until enough pressure was applied to the trigger – and the cylinder stopped. broken when the hammer is struck.
Baldwin, who is also a producer on the movie ‘Rust’, has previously said the gun should not be loaded for rehearsal
That allows the hammer to drop and the pin to fire to blow up the primer.
“This was the only successful discharge during this test, and it is believed to have been caused by a fracture of internal components rather than a fault in the firearm or the safety mechanism,” the report said.
According to the FBI report, it is unclear how many times the revolver’s hammer may have been struck during the test.
Baldwin, who is also a producer on the movie ‘Rust’, has previously said that the gun should not be loaded for rehearsal.
Among the ammunition seized from the filming location were live bullets found on a trolley and in holsters at the building where the shooting took place. Empty and counterfeit cartridges were also found.
In a scathing report released in April, New Mexico’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration detailed safety failures resulting from violations of industry standard procedures, including testimony that Production managers took little or no action to address two fires on set prior to the fatal shooting.
The office also records gun safety complaints from crew members that go unnoticed and says firearms professionals are not authorized to make decisions about additional safety training.
In reaching the conclusion that the shooting was an accident, the New Mexico medical coroner’s office indicated that there was ‘no apparent intent to cause harm or death’ and stated that there was ‘no any convincing evidence’ that the revolver was intentionally loaded with live ammunition. the set.