Alec Baldwin Says His “Rust” Contract Protects Him From Any Financial Responsibility, And Implies That Halyna Hutchins Is To Blame
So far, it has felt like Alec Baldwin’s defense in the Rust shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza was simply that it wasn’t his fault that the gun he was holding went off by itself. But Alec’s lawyers have recently filed an arbitration claim, and now their argument that he was being targeted with lawsuits because he’s a rich person doesn’t feel quite as terrible anymore.
Alec, who was also a producer on Rust, is facing several lawsuits with one filed by Halyna Hutchins’ widower Matt Hutchins, who also filed on behalf of their 9-year-old son Andros. Matt doesn’t buy Alec’s story that he’s not responsible. So needless to say, this latest development likely isn’t going to go over well with Matt either. Alec is now arguing that nobody should be suing him for damages, because his contract protects him from such responsibility. But not only that, Alec doesn’t want to spend a single penny on any legal fees incurred by this situation. And he’s blaming Halyna Hutchins, claiming that she told him how to hold the gun. via TMZ:
Baldwin’s lawyers filed an arbitration claim, alleging his deal shields him from any financial responsibility in connection with Hutchins’ death. What’s more … the lawyers say Baldwin’s legal fees must be covered by the production as well.
Alec Baldwin says his Rust contract makes him judgment proof in the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins … and he goes on to blame her for the fatal incident. In the docs, Baldwin says Hutchins is the one who told him how to position the gun, saying, “She directed Baldwin to hold the gun higher, to a point where it was directed toward her. She was looking carefully at the monitor and then at Baldwin, and then back again, as she gave these instructions.”
Alec’s lawyers argue that because Halyna gave Alec the instructions on how to hold the weapon, and that Alec followed her instructions, that is proof that both parties believed the gun was “cold,” aka that it contained no live rounds of ammunition. Alec’s lawyers also state that he asked Halyna if she needed him to pull back the hammer on the gun, which she allegedly instructed him to do. Alec has long maintained that he pulled back the hammer, but that he never touched the trigger, and that the gun spontaneously went off in his hand.
The New York Times adds that Alec’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, states in their filing that he actually wanted to finish the movie and give profits of it to Halyna’s family. Alec also claims that he and Matt had breakfast shortly after the tragedy and things seemed to be okay with them.
Mr. Nikas described in the claim how, in the weeks after the fatal shooting, Mr. Baldwin had sought to persuade the cast and crew of “Rust” to finish the film to honor Ms. Hutchins, outlining a plan in which an insurance payout and the film’s profits would go to a settlement for Mr. Hutchins and the couple’s 9-year-old son.
Shortly after the shooting, the filing said, Mr. Baldwin had breakfast in Santa Fe with Mr. Hutchins and his son. At the meeting, the filing said, “Hutchins hugged Baldwin and told him, ‘I guess we’re going to go through this together.’” A lawyer for Mr. Hutchins did not immediately comment.
But after that breakfast, Alec went on to move blame away from him. And after Matt Hutchins did his first official interview with TODAY last month, Alec appeared to have addressed Matt’s comments on Twitter, with a vague implication that Matt was two-faced, saying one thing to the press and another thing entirely in private.
Alec’s lawyers add further insult to injury by claiming that his executive producer credit didn’t really mean he was running the show, and it was just a creative title. Additionally, his lawyers argue that it’s not an actor’s job to check and see if a gun has live bullets in it. Well, I believe Nicolas Cage and George Clooney might beg to differ on that one, Alec.
Earlier this month, Alec’s wife Hilaria Baldwin announced that she was taking a social media break. And honestly, it could not come a moment too soon. Because there’s no way that after reading Alec’s latest defense, Hilaria’s DMs wouldn’t be filled up with people asking, “Is your husband for real? No honestly, is he being represented by Satan, Diablo, & Lucifer, LLC?”