The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office Released The Video Footage Taken After Halyna Hutchins Was Shot On The Set Of “Rust”
The New York Post says that yesterday the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office released hours of footage from the day Halyna Hutchins was shot to death on the set of Rust. This includes film of Alec Baldwin rehearsing with the gun, armorer Hannah Guitierrez-Reed referring to herself as a “fucking failure”, loads of bodycam footage, and Alec’s police interview.
This rehearsal footage shows Alec practicing his cross draw the day of the tragedy (Halyna is behind the camera). It’s followed by the cops on set asking Alec to come back to their office for questioning and taking photos of him before he changes out of his cowboy costume. There’s also an in-hospital interview with Rust’s writer/director, Joel Souza who was also shot:
Here’s bodycam footage of Alec asking about Halyna’s condition after the shooting:
Later Alec goes to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office and waits in the interview room. This footage on the New York Post shows Alec calling a woman (his nanny? Hilaria?) to check on the kids. She offers him some kind words, but he cuts her off and says, via New York Post:
“What I am is someone who, I don’t want to do this anymore, I don’t, I don’t want to be a public person,” Baldwin seethes. “I’m the one holding the gun in my hand and everybody was supposed to have taken care of. They always hand me a cold gun.”
Here’s the actual police interview, where Alec explains his side of the story (a 35-minute version of the interview is here):
And finally, there’s the Hannah Guiterrez-Reed footage, taken shortly after the shooting. As the 24-year-old armorer sits in the back of a police car, an officer asks her what her job is. A clearly upset Hannah responds, “I’m the armorer. Or at least I was.” Later a female officer escorts her to the bathroom, and Hannah says, “Welcome to the worst day of my life!” She adds, “I can’t believe Alec Baldwin was holding the gun, that’s so fucked.” It really is.
In the washroom, Hannah asks the officer if there’s “a closer cop car” she could be taken to, because “I just kinda wish that many of my co-workers could stop seeing me cuz I already feel super-bad.” She adds, “I just wanna get the fuck out of here and never show my face in this industry ever again.” The officer kindly responds, “Oh, I wouldn’t say that.” Hannah replied, “Oh, I would.” Then she explains that she’s “like, the only female armorer in the game and I just fucked up my whole entire career.” The officer asks her how she got into the biz, and Hannah answers, “My dad’s one of the best armorers in the entire world, and he trained me and I’m a fucking failure.” Here are the Hannah clips:
Also released was incredibly intense footage of medics trying to save Halyna’s life and video of Halyna and the injured director getting taken off the set on stretchers.
The sheriff’s office also released crime scene photos, staff photos, dash cam footage, DNA and fingerprint analyses, the medical examiner’s report, the data extracted from Alec’s cell phone, and other evidence. Alec’s attorney told The New York Post:
“Mr. Baldwin welcomes this investigation. The information that has been revealed by the authorities demonstrates, once again, that Mr. Baldwin acted responsibly and did not have control over any production issues that were identified in the OSHA report,” Nikas said.
“Additionally, the interviews and affidavits disclosed [Monday] continue to corroborate Mr. Baldwin’s description of the events—including an affidavit from the Detective stating that the cameraman, who was standing next to Ms. Hutchins and Mr. Souza at the time of the accident, confirmed that Mr. Baldwin was ‘very careful’ with guns on the set.”
Sigh. This is so heavy. Let’s end on a lighter note; here’s the part of the police interview where Alec tells investigators that his wife Hilaria Baldwin won’t let him have a gun in the house because they’ve had “six kids in seven years.” Alec says Hilaria was “born in the U.S., but raised in Spain,” and even does an imitation of her “Spanish” accent: “Alec, we will not be having any guns in za house. No, no, no”:
“My Alec never pulled za trigger of the… um, how you say in English? Gun!”