Claims Against Alec Baldwin on ‘Rust’ Set Detailed by Prosecutors

New court documents shed light on claims against Alec Baldwin regarding the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico in 2021. Prosecutors say Baldwin lost control of his emotions, putting others at risk, and changed his story afterward.

The incident occurred while filming at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe when a gun Baldwin was holding discharged a live round, resulting in Hutchins’ death. Baldwin faces a manslaughter charge but has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege Baldwin frequently yelled and cursed at himself and crew members, displaying a lack of emotional control. They also claim he hired an inexperienced armorer for handling the film’s guns, despite crew members noticing her lack of readiness.

Baldwin’s arrival on set a week after filming began reportedly caused him to miss initial firearms training. During a separate session, prosecutors say he was distracted, spending time on the phone or making videos with guns. When Hutchins was shot, Baldwin allegedly went against the director’s instructions.

Baldwin denies pulling the trigger and says the assistant director declared the firearm “cold.” However, prosecutors accuse him of providing contradictory versions of events to law enforcement and the media.

The court documents also mention concerns about information shared with the media. Meanwhile, the armorer involved was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and the assistant director pleaded no contest to a charge related to the incident.

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