Alec Baldwin has complained to CNN that the fatal shooting last year on the set of his movie “Rust” has “taken years off” his life and has cost him jobs in Hollywood.
Baldwin is telling the media that he believes he will not be charged in the shooting despite the FBI concluding he did pull the trigger.
He tried to blame Halyna Hutchins’ death on armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed and assistant director Dave Halls setting up his defense in his civil lawsuits and for possible criminal charges.
Speaking with CNN’s Chloe Melas, Baldwin said: “Someone put a live bullet in the gun who should have known better.
“That was Gutierrez Reed’s job.
“Her job was to look at the ammunition and put in the dummy round or the blank round, and there wasn’t supposed to be any live rounds on the set.
“There are two people who didn’t do what they were supposed to do.
“I’m not sitting there saying I want them to, you know, go to prison, or I want their lives to be hell.
“I don’t want that, but I want everybody to know that those are the two people that are responsible for what happened.”
Baldwin said also took a few swipes at President Donald Trump:
He falsely claimed that “The former president of the United States said, ‘he probably shot her on purpose.’”
“To me, that was really the only time that I needed — that I was worried about what was going to happen because here was Trump, who instructed people to commit acts of violence, and he was pointing the finger at me and saying I was responsible for the death,” Baldwin added, making false claims about the Jan. 6 protests on Capitol Hill.
Baldwin then continued pushing a false narrative that Trump encouraged violence on Jan. 6 and falsely claimed that rioters killed a police officer, saying:
“One thousand percent, I’m nervous that a bunch of people who were instructed by the former president to go to the Capitol — and they killed a law enforcement officer — and you don’t think that I think to myself, ‘Are some of those people gonna come and kill me?’”
The embattled Hollywood star then shifted his attention back to blaming Reed and assistant director Dave Halls for the fatal shooting.
“Why didn’t Gutierrez Reed check that bullet? Why didn’t Halls obey her?” he said.
“Why did he give me the gun? Why didn’t he check? Why did he tell the crew it was a cold gun?
“I’m pretty confident neither one of them should ever work in a film set again.
“I sincerely believe investigators are going to say that this was an accident. It’s tragic.
“I mean maybe it’s the Catholic in me.
“I have an impulse to say, I don’t want to see anybody suffer.
“I don’t want to sit there and say you know, go get her and condemn her.”
Attorneys for Gutierrez Reed and Halls were not buying it either.
Jason Bowles, attorney for Gutierrez Reed, said:
“We disagree with Mr. Baldwin’s attempts to deflect blame onto others.
“It is not for him to decide or to apportion blame.”
Baldwin then complained that killing another human being has limited his job options.
“I got fired from another job yesterday,” Alec said.
“There I was all set to go to a movie, jump on a plane.
“I’ve been talking with these guys for months and they told me yesterday we don’t want to do the film with you because of this.”
“There is just this torrent of people attacking me who don’t know the facts,” he added.
“If I didn’t have my wife, I don’t know where I would be right now.
“If I didn’t have her, I probably would have quit, retired, gone off, you know sold everything I owned, got a house in the middle of nowhere and just you know did find something else to do, sell real estate.”
Lisa Torraco, Hall’s attorney, said:
“Baldwin is pointing the finger at others because the evidence is pointing at him.”
“Halls is not responsible.
“Everyone needs to stop.
“People are only pointing the finger at Halls because they don’t want the responsibility of being wrong.
“Halls is a scapegoat.
“People need to look at the evidence.”