Alec Baldwin breaks his silence with retweet of police affidavit story

Actor Alec Baldwin retweeted a news article this week reporting on a police affidavit related to the deadly shooting on the set of the film “Rust.”

Police have said Baldwin was handed a prop firearm that turned out to have a live round in it. When he pulled the trigger, a bullet came out, striking and killing the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and its director, Joel Souza, according to authorities.

The post Baldwin retweeted was a New York Times story citing a police affidavit that said one of the film’s assistant directors should have made sure there were no live rounds in the firearm before giving it to Baldwin, but failed to do so.

“Before he handed a revolver that he had declared ‘cold’ to the actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the film ‘Rust’ last week, Dave Halls, an assistant director on the film, told a detective he should have inspected each round in each chamber, according to an affidavit that was released Wednesday,” the Times reported. “But he did not.”

“‘He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t,’ according to an affidavit, which was signed by Detective Alexandria Hancock of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office,” the report added.

The Times went on to detail what happened next.

“It turned out that the gun was not ‘cold.’ The revolver, a .45 Long Colt, contained a live round, Sheriff Adan Mendoza of Santa Fe County said at a news conference Wednesday,” the outlet said.

“The gun went off as Mr. Baldwin rehearsed a scene on Thursday, killing the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, 42, and wounding its director, Joel Souza, 48.”

Last week, Baldwin retweeted a news article from Variety which reported, citing a police affidavit, that Baldwin was told the gun was safe.

“The gun handed to Alec Baldwin on the set of Western film ‘Rust’ was declared safe by the production’s assistant director, according to an affidavit filed by the Santa Fe County’s Sheriff’s Office obtained by the New York Times and Associated Press,” the Variety report read.

“According to the affidavit, the AD shouted ‘cold gun’ on set, meaning that the prop gun was safe to use and did not contain any live ammo. However, when Baldwin pulled the gun’s trigger, it fired a projectile that fatally struck cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest and hit director Joel Souza’s shoulder. The Times reported that the document says Hutchins was standing in front of Souza at the time of the incident,” it added.

Earlier, Baldwin had expressed his grief over what happened.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he tweeted last week.

“I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and … I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” the actor added.