Alec Baldwin, a volatile and rabidly anti-gun actor, can now add “indicted” to his resume list after a grand jury in Santa Fe, NM indicted him today on felony involuntary manslaughter charges. If convicted, he will lose his ability to (legally) touch a gun for the rest of his life, and frankly, given his track record for shooting and killing people on set might be the best thing to come out of this whole sordid affair.
Back in 2021, on set of a very low-budget Western movie called “Rust,” Baldwin held the gun that killed his cinematographer (and Director of Photography if memory serves) and wounded his director. Baldwin claims the gun “just went off.”
We’ve NEVER heard that one before, right?
What makes Baldwin look even worse was his refusal to turn over his phone in the immediate aftermath of the incident, along with his appearance on interview shows to say “I did not pull the trigger” and that he feels no guilt over the death of Halyna Hutchins.
.@GStephanopoulos: “Do you feel guilt?”
Alec Baldwin: “No. Someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 3, 2021
We can say, Alec. You are responsible for her death. That gun didn’t hop into your hand, get pointed at Halyna and fire all by itself.
What a total tool.
The movie set on the $7m ultra-low-budget flick was a hot mess with safety violations. These included multiple negligent discharges.
From the AP:
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury indicted Alec Baldwin on Friday on an involuntary manslaughter charge in a 2021 fatal shooting during a rehearsal on a movie set in New Mexico, reviving a dormant case against the actor.
Special prosecutors brought the case before a grand jury in Santa Fe this week, months after receiving a new analysis of the gun that was used. They declined to answer questions after spending about a day and a half presenting their case to the grand jury.
Defense attorneys for Baldwin indicated they’ll fight the charge.
“We look forward to our day in court,” said Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, defense attorneys for Baldwin, in an email.
Trust us, Nikas and Spiro, plenty of us Americans look forward to justice for Halyna Hutchins.