Speculation has begun to build over the past couple of months in regard to the fatal incident on the New Mexico film set of “Rust,” where a gun in Alec Baldwin’s hand discharged, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. Baldwin made the startling claim in an October interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he had not pulled the trigger on the weapon.
News that Baldwin had not complied with the outstanding warrant for his personal cellphone nearly a month after it had been issued by Santa Fe law enforcement only added to the growing questions.
In a statement to Deadline, Baldwin’s attorney, Aaron Dyer, insisted, “This matter isn’t about his phone, and there are no answers on his phone.” Dyer added that his client “did nothing wrong” and that it’s clear that Baldwin was following instructions and was told that he would be handling a cold gun. “The real question that needs to be answered is how live rounds got on the set in the first place,” he continued.
Investigators have sought clarification regarding how a live round made its way onto the set of “Rust,” and although allegations of safety misconduct and fingers of blame have been pointed in several directions, no clear answers have yet emerged.