And it pretty much comes down to one of two ways of thinking:
Option 1: The responsibility falls on the person with the gun in their hand, the person that pulls the trigger.
Option 2: Actors are not trained to use weapons and the responsibility falls on the prop master who hands them the gun.
Alec Baldwin dropped a bit of a bombshell during his interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, when he emphatically denied pulling the trigger. Even his assistant director, the man who handed Alec the gun, said that he never pulled the trigger.
But everybody on set saw Alec Baldwin fatally shoot the Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, he was the one holding the gun… so how did he not pull the trigger?
Well, according to the Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, it’s a rather easy explanation.
Multiple individuals on and outside the movie set have filed lawsuits against the man, and now, we can add the victim’s family to the list.
According to the New York Post, Hutchins’ family filed a wrongful-death suit Tuesday against the actor, as the family announced it during a press conference in Los Angeles.
Of course, Baldwin claims that he had no idea there was a live round in the prop gun, and added that he never pulled the trigger during his emotional interview with ABC.
He also mentioned that he doesn’t feel responsible for her death and that if he did, he might turn a gun on himself… but he doesn’t. Lighting technician Serge Svetnoy, the film’s script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, and on-set weapon armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed have all filed lawsuits against the man.
He’s also facing a defamation lawsuit after wrongfully calling a fallen Marine’s sister and widow insurrectionists.
Alec’s lawyer gonna be working overtime this year.