Alec Baldwin Says Somebody Is ‘Culpable’ For Cinematographer’s Death, But Still Refuses To Take Responsibility
Actor Alec Baldwin has decided to take legal action Friday to combat pending lawsuits in the death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, going on to say that someone is “culpable” in the woman’s death, but it isn’t him.
Like most Hollywood types, Baldwin continues to indicate he’s out of touch with reality and refuses to take any sort of responsibility for the part he played in the death of Hutchins. The fact remains, he was holding the gun and he was the one that didn’t use proper safety protocols and pulled the trigger.
That makes him responsible.
“At this point, two things are clear: someone is culpable for chambering the live round that led to this horrific tragedy, and it is someone other than Baldwin,” the 63-year-old actor’s lawyer Luke Nikas went on to write in the claim, accrording to a report from The New York Times.
“Baldwin is an actor,” the claim added. “He didn’t announce that the gun was ‘cold’ when it really contained a live round; he didn’t load the gun; he didn’t check the bullets in the gun; he didn’t purchase the bullets; he didn’t make the bullets and represent that they were dummies; he wasn’t in charge of firearm safety on the set; he didn’t hire the people who supplied the bullets or checked the gun; and he played no role in managing the movie’s props.”
“At this point, two things are clear: someone is culpable for chambering the live round that led to this horrific tragedy, and it is someone other than Baldwin…” reads the legal filing from Baldwin’s attorneys Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP https://t.co/vxVStAGDSJ
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“Each of those jobs was performed by someone else,” the document stated, going on to refer to the cinematographer’s death as an “unthinkable tragedy.”
“This is a rare instance when the system broke down, and someone should be held legally culpable for the tragic consequences,” the document said. “That person is not Alec Baldwin.”
In the court documents, Baldwin’s attorney said a clause in the “Saturday Night Live” star’s contract he and his company signed with the Rust Movie Productions L.L.C. made it clear he bears no financial responsibility to cover any claims or legal fees following Hutchins’s death.
The claim also contained text messages between Hutchins’s widower, Matthew Hutchins, and Baldwin after her death. The messages between the two slowly degraded from supportive and sharing condolences after the fatal shooting to Hutchins filing the wrongful death suit against the actor and other producers of the film.
The court filing included detailed information about exactly what happened on the New Mexico film set in October when the cinematographer was shot and later died.
Baldwin needs to be a man of honor and integrity. He can do this by accepting his own responsibility in what happened that day on set instead of trying to pass the buck to everyone else. It would go along way in rehabilitating his public image, not to mention would make it a whole lot easier to sleep at night.