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.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is going to stop Alec Baldwin from speaking his truth — Not tact, not common decency, not his legal team, and certainly not his wife. Get Alec within spitting distance of a microphone and be prepared to be peppered with the truth. Well, his truth. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Alec’s truth is that the people who are filing lawsuits pertaining to the on-set shooting death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the wounding of director Joel Souza are targeting innocent non-negligent “deep-pocket litigants” like himself instead of “the people who likely seem negligent” but “have no money.” Poor people, just walking around all reckless and broke. Gross. Couldn’t be him. (only it could. And soon, fingers crossed!)
Yesterday Halyna Hutchins’ widower, Matt Hutchins, went on TODAY to discuss his wife’s horrific accidental shooting death on the set of Rust. Matt, who’s one of the people suing Alec Baldwin for Hylana’s wrongful death, told Hoda Kotb that watching Alec’s December interview with ABC News made him feel “so angry.” Matt says he thinks Alec is playing the victim and shifting the blame to everybody but himself.
Alec, who was starring in and producing Rust, has yet to publicly respond to Matt’s interview (“Thank Christ” -Alec’s lawyers), but he did tweet an ambiguous Buddha quote. About how one should not “tell a deliberate lie, even in jest.” Later Alec tweeted a follow-up, explaining that, in Buddhism, “being truthful goes beyond simply not telling lies.” Heh? OK, Alec, what did Buddha think about punching a photographer? Refusing to stop playing Words with Friends so an airplane can take off? Leaving a voicemail calling your daughter a “thoughtless little pig”?