Investigation Into Rust Shooting Has Concluded, Findings Differ From Alec Baldwin’s Account Of The Situation

Investigation Into Rust Shooting Has Concluded, Findings Differ From Alec Baldwin’s Account Of The Situation

Published August 15, 2022
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It was last fall that the entertainment industry was shaken by the tragic events that occurred on the set of western film Rust. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a live round that was fired from a prop gun. Lead actor Alec Baldwin was holding the gun that fired the round, also injuring director Joel Souza in the process. The FBI soon launched an investigation and, in the midst of that, Baldwin denied pulling the trigger. Now, the investigation is complete, and the forensic findings clash with Baldwin’s account. 

The FBI recently released a forensics report, which found that the gun used on the set couldn’t have been fired unless the person handling it pulled the trigger. The report, which was obtained by ABC News, explained that this conclusion was derived from accidental discharge testing using the exact type of gun used on the set. The .45 Colt caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver reportedly “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger” if the hammer was placed in quarter-and half-cock positions. The firearm also “could not be made to fire” without pulling the trigger if the hammer were fully cocked. 

Alec Baldwin has not publicly addressed the forensic findings, as of this writing. In the aftermath of Hayla Hutchins’ death, the actor had spoken about the situation on multiple occasions. After the FBI began its work, Baldwin denied rumors that he was not complying with the investigation. When explaining why he was speaking out after the Rust tragedy during a lengthy interview, the actor evoked the investigation. While acknowledging that it could take time, he stated that he “[couldn’t] wait for that process” and wanted to share his side of the story. Legal arbitration also claimed that Baldwin didn’t even know a live round had been shot until he was shown the bullet. 

Subsequently, Alec Baldwin has been at the center of multiple lawsuits. In November 2021, he and the production company behind the film were sued by the crew’s chief of lighting, Serge Svetnoa. Through his lawsuit, Svetnoa requested punitive damages and accused Baldwin and his fellow producers of being “consciously aware of the wrongfulness and harmfulness of their conduct.” Script supervisor Mamie Mitchell filed suit less than a week later, claiming that Baldwin was playing “Russian Roulette with a loaded gun.” She went on to claim that he “intentionally, without cause or excuse” fired the gun.