Thursday, September 28, 2023

Alec Baldwin: Report casts doubt over Rust actor’s account of shooting



A new report into the fatal shooting on the set of the movie Rust appears to cast doubt over star and producer Alec Baldwin’s accounts of events.

Mr Baldwin denies pulling the trigger of the prop gun which went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Weapons experts have now said the trigger would have “had to be pulled”.

The actor’s representatives told the PA news agency they had no comment to make on the latest development in the ongoing case.

Charges of involuntary manslaughter against the actor were dropped in April, but prosecutors said it did not “absolve Mr Baldwin of criminal culpability”.

They said charges against him could be refiled over the October 2021 shooting, which occurred on the set of the western movie.

A new report, written by weapons experts Lucien Haag and Mike Haag, was given to prosecutors in New Mexico.

According to the documents, prosecutors previously stated that they had information that there had been an alleged modification of the gun used by Mr Baldwin on the Rust set.