Alec Baldwin blamed for husband’s death of Halyna Hutchins in ‘Today’ interview; Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office says ‘investigation remains open’

After filing a wrongful death lawsuit last week against Rust producers and Alec Baldwin on Halyna Hutchins’ death, her husband Matt Hutchins told Today’s Hoda Kotb he was “so mad” at the actor for his ABC News interview, and found absurd that the Oscar nominee finds himself “not responsible” for the death of the cinematographer.

However, even with the Hutchins Estate’s wrongful death lawsuit and other lawsuits already filed, no one has yet been arrested or charged in the fatal shooting as police continue to investigate what really happened. . “The investigation remains open and ongoing,” Juan Rios of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office told Deadline.

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Halyna Hutchins was killed by live ammunition from a prop gun unloaded by Baldwin on October 21, 2021 on the set of Rust at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Sante Fe, New Mexico. “I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos during a Dec. 2 interview. the aviator and The married man The actor also told Stephanopoulos, “People in the know, even inside the state, have told me that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be charged with anything criminally.”

“The idea that the person holding the gun and having it discharged is not responsible is absurd to me,” Hutchins told Kotb in an interview that will air tomorrow in its entirety on Today.

“Watching him, I felt so angry,” Hutchins told Hoda. “I was so angry to see him speak about her death so publicly in such detail and then not accept any responsibility after just describing killing her.”

“But gun safety wasn’t the only issue on this set. There were a number of industry standards that weren’t being enforced and there were multiple responsible parties,” Hutchins added to about independent production that would have taken shortcuts.

Hours after Hutchins’ estate filed a lawsuit on February 15 against Baldwin and the Rust producers, the latter defended in a statement to Deadline “any claim that Alec was reckless is entirely false” and pointed the finger at other people they believe were responsible for Halyna Hutchins’ death.

“He (Baldwin), Halyna and the rest of the crew relied on the statement of the two professionals in charge of verifying the weapon that it was a ‘cold weapon’ – meaning that he did not ‘there is no possibility of discharge, blank or otherwise,’ the team’s statement continued Rust.

“This protocol has worked on thousands of movies, with millions of dumps, because there has never been an incident on set where a live bullet injured someone,” the team concluded. Rust‘, “Actors should be able to rely on gunsmiths and prop department professionals, as well as assistant directors, rather than deciding for themselves when a firearm is safe to use.”

Specifically, Baldwin was told by the film’s assistant director, Dave Halls, that the prop gun given to him was a “cold gun”. Meanwhile, the gunsmith in the photo, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who Hutchins claimed on Feb. 15 was not even present among the film crew of Baldwin’s quick-draw scene in a church of Bonanza Creek Ranch, filed a lawsuit in early January against the film. ammunition supplier Seth Kenney, arguing that he supplied both dummy and real cartridges to production.

Also injured in the Rust tragedy was the director of the production, Joel Souza, who was shot in the shoulder.

Halyna Hutchins is also survived by her 9-year-old son, Andros.

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