Former President Trump made a controversial claim on a podcast last week related to the fatal shooting on a movie set involving actor Alec Baldwin and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins– implying that the incident may have been intentional.
Trump joined the Chris Stigall podcast where he told the host that while he does not personally know Baldwin, he thought it was strange that the actor would point a gun at a cinematographer and not a fellow actor on set.
“As bad as it may have been kept, meaning, you know, the people that take care of the equipment and the guns and everything else … But even if it was loaded, and that’s a weird thing — maybe he loaded it,” Trump told Stigall.
“He’s a cuckoo-bird, he’s a nutjob. And usually, when there’s somebody like that, you know, in my opinion, he had something to do with it,” Trump continued, making the controversial allegations.
“But if nothing else, how do you take a gun and just, whether it’s loaded or not loaded, how do you take a gun, point it at somebody that’s not even in the movie and just point it at this person and pull the trigger and now she’s dead?” the former president asked.
One day after the October 21st shooting, Baldwin tweeted a statement on his now-private Twitter profile.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” the actor wrote.
The shooting occurred at Bonanza Creek Ranch, the set for Baldwin’s new movie, “Rust” where he plays Western outlaw, Harland Rust.
“The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of Rust. Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor,” a police statement on the incident said. “Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries.”
“This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives,” the release added.
— Morena Basteiro (@morenabasteiro) October 21, 2021
Subsequent reports from crew members noted two accidental weapon discharges that allegedly took place on set before the fatal incident involving Baldwin.
On October 27, Baldwin reportedly retweeted a New York Times article blaming assistant director Dave Halls for the incident after he admitted to police that he failed to inspect the individual rounds in the gun; a failure that resulted in fatal consequences.
The actor spoke with the paparazzi for the first time since the tragedy on October 31 on the side of the road in Vermont where Baldwin has been holed up with his wife, Hilaria.
After Baldwin insisted he could not make comments regarding an ongoing investigation, Hilaria became visibly incensed with the group.
Baldwin did concede to providing comment after considering Hutchins’ grief-stricken family.
“There are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this. This is a one in a trillion episode. It’s a one in a trillion event. He is in shock; he has a nine-year-old son,” Baldwin told photographers. “We are in constant contact with him because we are very worried about his family and his kid…we’re eagerly awaiting for the sheriff’s department to tell us what their investigation has yielded….”
“I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something that I’m extremely interested in. But remember…how many bullets have been fired in films and TV shows in the last 75 years? This is America. How many bullets have gone off in movies and on TV sets before? How many, billions in the last 75 years?” Baldwin asked. “And nearly all of it without incident. So what has to happen now is, we have to realize that when it does go wrong, and it’s this horrible, catastrophic thing, some new measures have to take place. Rubber guns, plastic guns, no live — no real armaments on set. That’s not for me to decide.”
“It’s urgent that you understand I’m not an expert in this field, so whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people’s safety on film sets, I’m all in favor of, and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can,” he explained.
On Monday, Baldwin called for the presence of law enforcement on all sets to supervise firearms and to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.
“Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety,” a tweet from Baldwin’s art foundation read.
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