The Santa Fe DA Is Not Happy With Alec Baldwin’s Interview About The “Rust” Shooting

December 4, 2021 / Posted by:

The accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of Rust happened a little over a month ago, and since then, Alec Baldwin, who was holding the gun, has talked about it several times including Thursday night’s interview on ABC News with George Stephanopolous, and a cringe-inducing roadside talk with the paps where he awkwardly told his wife Hilaria Baldwin to shush. Well, the Santa Fe DA is now the Alec Baldwin to Alec’s Hilaria, because they’re telling him in so many words to shush. After Alec’s interview aired, the Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said that nobody involved in the tragedy has been cleared, and sources tell Deadline that the Santa Fe Sherrif’s Office felt betrayed by the interview since they previously made it clear to him that it’s an open investigation and to keep his lips shut to the media.

During Alec’s interview with George Stephanopolous, he said that he knows he’s not the victim and that the real victims are Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza, who was injured in the shooting. But Alec felt like he needed to get his story out there. Alec says that he never pulled the trigger, something that gun experts are throwing a side-eye at because they say it’s nearly impossible. Alec also doesn’t know how a live round got on set since no live rounds were supposed to be on set.

Alec, who was also a producer on the movie, went on to say that he doesn’t know who’s responsible for Halyna’s death but he knows it’s not him and that he’s been told by people “in the know” that he will not face any criminal charges. Alec also doesn’t want Rust’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and Rust‘s AD Dave Halls (who yelled “cold gun” when handing it over to Alec) to “suffer.” Well, those PITK (people in the know) who are in Alec’s ear need to go and talk to the DA because she checked them in a response to his interview. According to Deadline, Mary Carmack-Altwies said that the investigation is still ongoing and criminal charges are still on the table:

In a pretty direct response to the actor/producer’s numerous and highly emotional assertions last night on ABC to George Stephanopoulos, First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said Friday that “certain individuals may be criminally culpable for his/her actions and/or inactions on the set of Rust.”

Noting that she plans to “exercise my prosecutorial discretion to its fullest, including filing charges that are supported by probable cause,” Carmack-Altwies also said today that her office 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,” Carmack-Altwies poignantly exclaimed today, sending a not too subtle warning to Baldwin and other members of the crew of Rust who are speaking publicly, either directly or through their lawyers.

Alec isn’t the only one running his mouth to the media. Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed have been talking too and believe she was “framed,” and an attorney for Dave Halls co-signed Alec’s claim that he never pulled the trigger. And well, the Santa Fe Sherriff’s Department would like them all to stop. Sources tell Deadline that the Sheriff’s Office is pissed that Alec ignored their request to not talk to the media.

The remarks by Carmack-Altwies were not altogether unexpected as Deadline has heard from a number of New Mexico sources that Santa Fe law enforcement were very unhappy with Baldwin once again speaking to media.

“Interviewed immediately after the shooting and subsequently by the Sheriff’s Office, the Emmy winner has been asked to not comment on the shooting beyond condolences as the police’s investigation continues – requests Baldwin has acknowledged, but is clearly ignoring as he lays out his version of what went down that terrible day.

One source told us the department felt “betrayed after all the consideration given to Baldwin in the aftermath of the shooting.” Another law enforcement source said that “Baldwin is testing the department’s patience and becoming a distraction to the ongoing investigation.

Legal experts also don’t think Alec’s interview was a good idea since the investigation is still open and he’s facing at least two civil lawsuits, so the interview could come back to bite, scratch, kick, and punch him in the ass.

Another thing Alec said to George during their interview is that his career could be over because of all of this. But it’s not over right now since he’s scheduled to start filming a movie next month. I mean, he does have approximately 7,690 mouths to feed. Speaking of…

After Alec’s interview aired, Hilaria put the Spanish to English Google translate function to serious use by writing a million-word tribute to their bond and love. How do you say “Now is not the damn time” in Hilaria-ish?

I guess it’s true what they say. A couple who can’t STFU together, stays together.

Pic: ABC News

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