Hollywood’s virulent anti-gun crusader Alec Baldwin resurfaced in the news this week as the one-year anniversary of his role in the shooting death of cinematographer Halayna Hutchins on the set of ‘Rust’ was remembered.
Hutchins was tragically and infamously killed on the set of the Baldwin-produced film after a loaded gun was fired in her direction, killing her and injuring director Joel Sousa. Filming has been paused for nearly a year but is set to resume shortly.
Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, sat down for an interview with Extra and early clips of the interview suggest both she and her actor husband will continue to deny their role in not only shooting Hutchins, but also promote their own emotional suffering as a result.
In a portion of the interview, Hilaria says of her and her husband, “[w]e’re not okay. We can’t be okay. No one’s okay.” She continued by saying “[i]t was and is a tragedy that nobody could ever have imagined.”
Most people intimately involved in a death, accidental or otherwise, might lead with their condolences for those affected, but empathy and compassion are not strengths of narcissists.
Posting to his Instagram account, Alec Baldwin shared a photo of the late Hutchins captioned only with “One year ago…” without elaborating condolences or regret or anything else resembling humanity.
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Fox News noted that Baldwin’s story has evolved in the year since the fatal shooting. First, he had claimed he pulled the hammer back but later changed his memory of events by suggesting he never pulled the trigger.
Baldwin has maintained that he did not pull the trigger of the gun — once during a primetime interview shortly following the deadly shooting and again on a recent podcast episode. The actor originally said he had pulled the hammer of the gun back as far as he could and released it.
So far, Baldwin has escaped criminal charges. New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator concluded the shooting was accidental and therefore declined to pursue criminal charges, though that is not to say he out out of the woods yet; prosecutors are still conducting a criminal investigation and could still press charges. It is for that reason that the Baldwin family has likely remained quiet on apologizing, though their selfishness is still not out of the question.
Despite no criminal charges, Baldwin is still in the thick of civil suits and settlements that are not going as well for him.
The New York Post reported that earlier this month Baldwin had settled a civil suit involving another employee on set.
The 64-year-old actor sought to get dismissed from the suit filed by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, who accuses Baldwin of “recklessly” firing the gun that killed Hutchins, 42, as she was standing next to her.
However, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Whitaker ruled that Mitchell can press on with her claims of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence against the actor.
In addition to this one settled suit, Baldwin still has several more pending. His agreement to settle in civil suits does not have any bearing on any future criminal cases.
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