Alec Baldwin “was not in control of his own emotions” on the set of “Rust,” prosecutors claim in new legal filing

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Alec Baldwin in New York in November 2023.



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New Mexico special prosecutors claim in a new legal filing that actor Alec Baldwin’s behavior on the set of the movie “Rust” contributed to the “safety realizations” that led to the fatal shooting from the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021.

Prosecutors attempted to make their case in a filing Friday after Baldwin’s team filed a motion in March. dismiss the accusation against the actor.

Prosecutors argue that Baldwin has repeatedly “changed his story” about the events of the shooting and that he had “no control of his own emotions” on the set, according to a copy of the response obtained by CNN.

A representative for Baldwin declined to comment on the new filing.

The filing says that during his first days on set, Baldwin demanded the crew and gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, “work faster” and his “incessant rushing of the crew on the film set routinely compromised safety.”

Baldwin, according to the filing, frequently yelled and cursed at crew members, himself or no one in particular on set and had “absolutely no concern about how his conduct” affected those around him. “Witnesses have testified that it was exactly this conduct that contributed to compromising security on set,” the document alleges.

In January, Baldwin pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting, which left Hutchins dead and director Joel Souza wounded when a gun in Baldwin’s possession fired a live bullet during a scene rehearsal on the set of the western.

Gutiérrez Reed, responsible for the security and storage of firearms on the film’s set, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March. He faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Prosecutors also allege in the filing that many crew members observed Gutierrez Reed on set to be “inexperienced and overwhelmed,” and Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film, had overlooked this behavior.

“The combination of Hannah Gutierrez’s negligence and inexperience and Alec Baldwin’s complete lack of concern for the safety of those around him would prove fatal to Halyna Hutchins,” the document reads.

Prosecutors also criticized public statements made by Baldwin after the incident, accusing the actor of attempting to influence public opinion.

Baldwin’s lawyers denounced the case against the actor in their March filing, asking that the indictment be dismissed and saying that prosecutors “publicly dragged Baldwin through the cesspool created by his wrongdoing, without regard to the fact that Serious criminal charges have been hanging over his head for two and a half years.”

“This is an abuse of the system and an abuse of an innocent person whose rights have been trampled to the extreme,” his lawyers said in the filing.

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