Hollywood star Alec Baldwin deleted his Twitter account after the Santa Fe district attorney said he or someone could still face criminal charges in the tragic shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin has two official Twitter accounts but the main account he used went offline over the weekend. The other @AlecBaldwl has remained inactive since October 19 and for many months before that.
Baldwin said during the interview: “I don’t. I’ve been told by people who are in the know that it’s highly unlikely that I would be charged with anything criminally.”
“I’ve spoken to the sheriff’s department multiple times,” Baldwin said. “I don’t have anything to hide.”
But Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies is not sure Baldwin is in the clear.
She said she will “exercise my prosecutorial discretion to its fullest, including filing charges that are supported by probable cause,” before adding she is “exploring various legal theories at the time.”
“Everyone involved in the handling and use of firearms on the set had a duty to behave in a manner such that the safety of others was protected, and it appears that certain actions and inactions contributed to this outcome.
“As the First Judicial District Attorney, I have not made a decision to charge or not charge any individuals involved in the shooting that resulted in the death of Halyna Hutchins and injury of Joel Souza.
“Once I have had the opportunity to review the complete investigation, certain individuals may be criminally culpable for his/her actions and/or inactions on the set of Rust,” she said.
Santa Fe Sheriff Adan Mendoza said:
“Guns don’t just go off.
“So whatever needs to happen to manipulate the firearm, he did that, and it was in his hands.”
Baldwin was holding the Colt .45 revolver, which he believed was “cold,” meaning it contained only dummy rounds. He said he aimed it toward Hutchins because she was trying to get a particular camera angle. As he did so, he said he pulled the hammer back to cock it, and let go of the hammer and the gun went off. He said he did not pull the trigger, and was stunned to realize, only much later, that the gun contained a live round.
FULL INTERVIEW: Santa Fe County DA Mary Carmack-Altwies joins @LlamasNBC to discuss the latest in the “Rust” investigation.
On reports of complacency on set: “Certain things that obviously should not have happened did happen and we’re going to get to the bottom of that.” pic.twitter.com/XWMY4y7fQm
— Top Story with Tom Llamas (@TopStoryNBC) October 28, 2021
“Everyone involved in handling and use of firearms on Rust film set had a duty to behave in a manner such that the safety of others was protected, it appears certain actions and inactions contributed to this outcome” Santa Fe County DA Mary Carmack-Altwiespic.twitter.com/pBHfkrt0Ro
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