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Embattled actor Alec Baldwin, under fire after the shooting of several of his co-workers on the set of “Rust,” has taken to posting bizarre spiritual quotes on social media.
Never previously thought of as a religious man, Baldwin has apparently been spending time reading Buddhist texts. Baldwin took to his Twitter account (set to private) and shared the following quote, reported PageSix:
“‘In the same way, Rahula,’ the Buddha continued, ‘when anyone feels no shame in telling a deliberate lie, there is no evil, I tell you, they will not do. Thus, Rahula, you should train yourself, “I will not tell a deliberate lie, even in jest.”‘”
Roughly an hour later, Baldwin returned to Twitter to post an explanation of the quote:
“In Buddhism, being truthful goes beyond simply not telling lies. It means speaking truthfully and honestly, yes. But it also means using speech to benefit others and not to use it to benefit only ourselves.”
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Reactions were mixed. Most people who would bother to follow Alec Baldwin in the first place were fans of the actor, and they showed their support:
“Peace be with you Alec. Everyone knows you did no wrong. ,” wrote one.
Others were more critical:
“Using the teachings in a passive aggressive way?” commented another.
“Accountability. Taking ownership; cleanly, and responsibly. Not leaving anything out,” added another person.
Baldwin appears to be a little shaken after being slapped with a wrongful death lawsuit on February 15th, which is also the day lawyers for the family of the late Halyna Hutchins released a re-enactment video.
One of the lawyers for the Hutchins family, Brian Panish, held a press conference in Los Angeles in which he excoriated the actor.
“There are many people culpable, but Mr. Baldwin was the person holding the weapon … that but for him shooting, she would not have died,” he said.
“[Baldwin] has significant portion liability, but there are others, and that’s what this case is going to be about — assessing fair apportionment to whoever’s responsible for the senseless tragedy,” he added.
Baldwin has denied any responsibility, speaking in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News in December. Baldwin’s defense has rested on the fact that he did not load the firearm himself and asserts that there was no reasonable basis for him to believe the weapon was loaded with live ammunition.
“There’s only one question that needs to be resolved, just one: Where did the live round come from?” Baldwin asked during the interview.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A live bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property. Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” Baldwin went on to state.
Matt Hutchins, husband of Halyna, has rejected this claim.
“The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me,” said Matt, in an interview in which he showed visible anger.
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