Alec Baldwin fired shot that killed one, wounded another on film set

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Quick story: Way way back, a long long time ago, when I was training recruits in the art of grenade throwing, one of my recruits tossed a dud. We went through the normal wait procedure, and then I, being the range safety NCO, had to assess and disarm. In front of the entire troop, I moved very slowly out onto the range and to the grenade. When I got close enough, I saw that the safety clip had not been removed when the pin was pulled, so the spoon had not ejected. I looked around, took a deep breath, and snatched it up. I walked back to the bunker, put a pin back in it, gave it to another instructor, and went outside the bunker for a smoke to be alone for a few minutes. I could hear the recruits talking about me. "What balls. Hard fucking core. Nerves of fucking steel. Fearless!" I could barely light the cigarette, my whole body was shaking.

As the Armourer, she is ultimately responsible. That was her leadership role.
But Baldwin should never have pointed an unchecked gun at anybody. You never let anyone, including the control, tell you a weapon is safe; once you hold it, you're the one responsible for its safe handling. Baldwin was the classic moron in this.
 
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They can edit in whole characters in CGI. Certainly they can edit in a sound of a gun.
I actually saw (either W5 or another program like it) where a man who lives in Quebec actually does exactly that for Hollywood. He has manufactured all kinds of items to make the sounds required in movies. I was quite impressed by the genius of the guy & what sounds he was able to make with various objects. I also didn't realize that many sounds are added after the movie has been completed - like the sound of fist fights as an example. It's pretty cool!
 

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I actually saw (either W5 or another program like it) where a man who lives in Quebec actually does exactly that for Hollywood. He has manufactured all kinds of items to make the sounds required in movies. I was quite impressed by the genius of the guy & what sounds he was able to make with various objects. I also didn't realize that many sounds are added after the movie has been completed - like the sound of fist fights as an example. It's pretty cool!
Up until just a few years ago audio was 100% done after filming.
 

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Alec Baldwin clashes with 'Free Palestine' protester: 'Why did you kill that lady?'
Actor slaps agitator's phone away in viral exchange


Author of the article:Mark Daniell
Published Apr 24, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 4 minute read

Alec Baldwin was caught on camera getting into a tussle with “ambush interviewer” Crackhead Barney, who berated the actor as she demanded he say “Free Palestine” on video.


The Oscar nominee was at the cash register on the phone inside a New York City coffee shop when the troublemaker began to relentlessly harass him.


“Alec, can you please say ‘Free Palestine’ one time,” the far-left activist said. “Free Palestine, Alec, just one time, and I’ll leave you alone,” she continued. “I’ll leave you alone, I swear.”

In the midst of a phone call, the 30 Rock star initially didn’t engage, but the provocateur then brought up the October 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, a movie Baldwin produced and stars in, calling him a “f—ing criminal.”

Baldwin allegedly discharged the firearm that took Hutchins’ life but has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He’s set to go on trial this summer.


Earlier this month, Rust’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who supervised weaponry on set, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins’ death.

“Why did you kill that lady? You killed that lady and got no jail time. No jail time, Alec. They’re putting innocent people in jail Alec Baldwin,” the agitator continued. “Just say Free Palestine one time … f— Israel, f— Zionism.”

Baldwin told Crackhead Barney to “get out” and asked an employee to call the police. As the nearly one-minute video came to an end, he then violently slapped the phone out of her hand.



Crackhead Barney shared a clip of their exchange on X, where it racked up nearly 13 million views by Wednesday morning.

“White devil Alec Baldwin attacked me. While I was trying to get coffee,” she captioned the video.

As the interaction went viral, X added a community note at the bottom of the clip that reads, “The person filming this video was not ‘trying to get coffee.’ They repeatedly and viciously harassed Alec Baldwin and refused to leave the establishment when asked to by the staff. There is also no evidence they were attacked.”

On social media, an overwhelming number of viewers praised Baldwin’s restraint.

“He should have just been left alone. Why do we need his opinion on Palestine and why would he give it after being accused him of murdering someone? Quick get your phone it’s Alec Baldwin let’s harass him real quick,” one person wrote on Reddit, with another adding, “These f—ing activists are the absolute worst. So smug and sanctimonious. Great restraint from Alec not to smack the s— out of that a–hole.”


When reached for comment, a publicist for Crackhead Barney told Entertainment Weekly that she hoped the incident would expose “double standards of society in the U.S.”

“My performance art and confrontational media is a statement about the double standards of society in the U.S. As the U.S. supports Israel in the genocide of Palestinians, here at home powerful people maintain a facade of politeness and dignity while we export death and terror around the world,” the statement reads. “Amid mass protests and public calls for an end to U.S. support of Israel, the entertainment industry has been largely silent, and in some cases, even supportive of Israel’s genocide. This cannot stand, and people deserve to be confronted with the horrors our nation funds and supports. I stand with the movement for Palestinian liberation and the end of the apartheid state of Israel as we know it. Free Palestine, end the occupation, end the settlements, and end U.S. Imperialism.”


The New York Post reported that as the scuffle continued onto the street, Crackhead Barney was heard saying Baldwin “assaulted me, I should press charges.”

The video comes after Baldwin became embroiled in a back-and-forth with a vocal group of anti-Israel protesters in December when they spotted him near a demonstration and tried to criticize him for supporting Israel in its war against Hamas.

As they took aim at the actor’s “tanking” career, Baldwin, 66, quickly fired back in footage that was livestreamed and went viral on social media.

One person could be heard yelling, “Whose pocket are you in?”

“I’m in Hollywood’s pocket, you say? You’ve already got your mind made up,” Baldwin responded. “You ask stupid questions,” he continued as his voice began to rise. “Ask me a smart question, and I’ll answer your question.”


The three-time Emmy winner gamely tried to keep his cool as protesters tried to engage with him.

“You’re not bigger than us because you’re white and rich,” one person could be heard saying, while others called the actor a “piece of s—” and told him to “go f— yourself.”

A third could be heard calling him a “murderer,” referencing the 2021 accident.

“You did kill someone though, right? You’re a murderer!” they yelled.

But as the crowd continued to jeer the Beetlejuice star, who was encircled by police officers, Baldwin told the antagonists, “Why don’t you shut the f— up? … You’re really helping your cause.”

“Your career’s tanking, by the way,” one man yelled as Baldwin exited the fray.

A source close to Baldwin told The Messenger that the actor “wasn’t out protesting” when the back-and-forth happened.

“Alec was on his way to volunteer to teach an acting class. He had no intention of going to the protest and was not involved in any way,” the insider said. “He was approached aggressively and repeatedly. The police stepped in to avoid further confrontation so he could make his way to the class safely.”

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Alec Baldwin clashes with 'Free Palestine' protester: 'Why did you kill that lady?'
Actor slaps agitator's phone away in viral exchange


Author of the article:Mark Daniell
Published Apr 24, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 4 minute read

Alec Baldwin was caught on camera getting into a tussle with “ambush interviewer” Crackhead Barney, who berated the actor as she demanded he say “Free Palestine” on video.


The Oscar nominee was at the cash register on the phone inside a New York City coffee shop when the troublemaker began to relentlessly harass him.


“Alec, can you please say ‘Free Palestine’ one time,” the far-left activist said. “Free Palestine, Alec, just one time, and I’ll leave you alone,” she continued. “I’ll leave you alone, I swear.”

In the midst of a phone call, the 30 Rock star initially didn’t engage, but the provocateur then brought up the October 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, a movie Baldwin produced and stars in, calling him a “f—ing criminal.”

Baldwin allegedly discharged the firearm that took Hutchins’ life but has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He’s set to go on trial this summer.


Earlier this month, Rust’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who supervised weaponry on set, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins’ death.

“Why did you kill that lady? You killed that lady and got no jail time. No jail time, Alec. They’re putting innocent people in jail Alec Baldwin,” the agitator continued. “Just say Free Palestine one time … f— Israel, f— Zionism.”

Baldwin told Crackhead Barney to “get out” and asked an employee to call the police. As the nearly one-minute video came to an end, he then violently slapped the phone out of her hand.



Crackhead Barney shared a clip of their exchange on X, where it racked up nearly 13 million views by Wednesday morning.

“White devil Alec Baldwin attacked me. While I was trying to get coffee,” she captioned the video.

As the interaction went viral, X added a community note at the bottom of the clip that reads, “The person filming this video was not ‘trying to get coffee.’ They repeatedly and viciously harassed Alec Baldwin and refused to leave the establishment when asked to by the staff. There is also no evidence they were attacked.”

On social media, an overwhelming number of viewers praised Baldwin’s restraint.

“He should have just been left alone. Why do we need his opinion on Palestine and why would he give it after being accused him of murdering someone? Quick get your phone it’s Alec Baldwin let’s harass him real quick,” one person wrote on Reddit, with another adding, “These f—ing activists are the absolute worst. So smug and sanctimonious. Great restraint from Alec not to smack the s— out of that a–hole.”


When reached for comment, a publicist for Crackhead Barney told Entertainment Weekly that she hoped the incident would expose “double standards of society in the U.S.”

“My performance art and confrontational media is a statement about the double standards of society in the U.S. As the U.S. supports Israel in the genocide of Palestinians, here at home powerful people maintain a facade of politeness and dignity while we export death and terror around the world,” the statement reads. “Amid mass protests and public calls for an end to U.S. support of Israel, the entertainment industry has been largely silent, and in some cases, even supportive of Israel’s genocide. This cannot stand, and people deserve to be confronted with the horrors our nation funds and supports. I stand with the movement for Palestinian liberation and the end of the apartheid state of Israel as we know it. Free Palestine, end the occupation, end the settlements, and end U.S. Imperialism.”


The New York Post reported that as the scuffle continued onto the street, Crackhead Barney was heard saying Baldwin “assaulted me, I should press charges.”

The video comes after Baldwin became embroiled in a back-and-forth with a vocal group of anti-Israel protesters in December when they spotted him near a demonstration and tried to criticize him for supporting Israel in its war against Hamas.

As they took aim at the actor’s “tanking” career, Baldwin, 66, quickly fired back in footage that was livestreamed and went viral on social media.

One person could be heard yelling, “Whose pocket are you in?”

“I’m in Hollywood’s pocket, you say? You’ve already got your mind made up,” Baldwin responded. “You ask stupid questions,” he continued as his voice began to rise. “Ask me a smart question, and I’ll answer your question.”


The three-time Emmy winner gamely tried to keep his cool as protesters tried to engage with him.

“You’re not bigger than us because you’re white and rich,” one person could be heard saying, while others called the actor a “piece of s—” and told him to “go f— yourself.”

A third could be heard calling him a “murderer,” referencing the 2021 accident.

“You did kill someone though, right? You’re a murderer!” they yelled.

But as the crowd continued to jeer the Beetlejuice star, who was encircled by police officers, Baldwin told the antagonists, “Why don’t you shut the f— up? … You’re really helping your cause.”

“Your career’s tanking, by the way,” one man yelled as Baldwin exited the fray.

A source close to Baldwin told The Messenger that the actor “wasn’t out protesting” when the back-and-forth happened.

“Alec was on his way to volunteer to teach an acting class. He had no intention of going to the protest and was not involved in any way,” the insider said. “He was approached aggressively and repeatedly. The police stepped in to avoid further confrontation so he could make his way to the class safely.”

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Makes one wonder about the parents of these leftards. I'm thinking we made a big mistake by not forcing birth control in the 70s and 80s.
 
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'Crackhead Barney' says she was 'maimed' by Alec Baldwin in coffee shop melee
'Do you see the damage Alec did to me? Look at my arms! ... I was maimed. My hand is broken. My neck is broken'


Author of the article:Mark Daniell
Published Apr 25, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 2 minute read

After harassing Alec Baldwin at a New York City coffee shop, performance artist “Crackhead Barney” has claimed she was “maimed” by the actor after he slapped her cellphone out of her hands.


During an interview with Piers Morgan on his Uncensored program, the ambush interviewer spoke out on her interaction with the Oscar nominee inside a cafe this week when she demanded he say “Free Palestine” on camera.

Baldwin, 66, was at the cash register on the phone inside a coffee shop when the troublemaker began to relentlessly harass him.

“Alec, can you please say ‘Free Palestine’ one time,” the far-left activist said. “Free Palestine, Alec, just one time, and I’ll leave you alone,” she continued. “I’ll leave you alone, I swear.”

In the midst of a phone call, the 30 Rock star initially didn’t engage, but the provocateur then brought up the October 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, a movie Baldwin produced and stars in, calling him a “f***ing criminal.”


“Why did you kill that lady? You killed that lady and got no jail time. No jail time, Alec. They’re putting innocent people in jail Alec Baldwin,” the agitator continued. “Just say Free Palestine one time … f*** Israel, f*** Zionism.”

Baldwin told Crackhead Barney to “get out” and asked an employee to call the police. As the nearly one-minute video came to an end, he then violently slapped the phone out of her hand.



Addressing the fracas in conversation with Morgan, the unhinged Crackhead Barney appeared in white makeup sporting a neck brace, with her arm in a sling and a set of crutches. Her top was also pulled up, revealing her nearly bare chest

“Look at me. Piers, I was maimed by a White man,” she said, standing up. “Do you see the damage Alec did to me? Look at my arms! … I was maimed. My hand is broken. My neck is broken.”



Crackhead Barney also tried to berate Morgan into saying “Free Palestine.”

“Piers f***ing Morgan … What’s wrong with saying ‘Free Palestine’?” the rabble rouser asked. “Piers, can you say ‘Free, Free Palestine’ for me?”

When he was eventually able to get a word in over her shrieks, Morgan insisted, “I absolutely believe that Palestine should be free.”

Morgan then accused her of trivializing Israel’s war against Hamas with Barney replying: “I’m always serious… I’m a victim, I’m a victim, Piers … Look, Piers, you’re trying to spin this into some bulls***. I know exactly what you’re doing, Piers, and your tactics.”

With over 10,000 followers on X and almost 100,000 on Instagram, Crackhead Barney has been ambushing people in public since at least 2020, including a viral tussle with Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudy Giuliani, in 2021.


When reached for comment on her dustup with Baldwin, a publicist for Barney told Entertainment Weekly that she hoped the incident would expose “double standards of society in the U.S.”

“My performance art and confrontational media is a statement about the double standards of society in the U.S. As the U.S. supports Israel in the genocide of Palestinians, here at home powerful people maintain a facade of politeness and dignity while we export death and terror around the world,” the statement read in part.

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'Crackhead Barney' says she was 'maimed' by Alec Baldwin in coffee shop melee
'Do you see the damage Alec did to me? Look at my arms! ... I was maimed. My hand is broken. My neck is broken'


Author of the article:Mark Daniell
Published Apr 25, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 2 minute read

After harassing Alec Baldwin at a New York City coffee shop, performance artist “Crackhead Barney” has claimed she was “maimed” by the actor after he slapped her cellphone out of her hands.


During an interview with Piers Morgan on his Uncensored program, the ambush interviewer spoke out on her interaction with the Oscar nominee inside a cafe this week when she demanded he say “Free Palestine” on camera.

Baldwin, 66, was at the cash register on the phone inside a coffee shop when the troublemaker began to relentlessly harass him.

“Alec, can you please say ‘Free Palestine’ one time,” the far-left activist said. “Free Palestine, Alec, just one time, and I’ll leave you alone,” she continued. “I’ll leave you alone, I swear.”

In the midst of a phone call, the 30 Rock star initially didn’t engage, but the provocateur then brought up the October 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, a movie Baldwin produced and stars in, calling him a “f***ing criminal.”


“Why did you kill that lady? You killed that lady and got no jail time. No jail time, Alec. They’re putting innocent people in jail Alec Baldwin,” the agitator continued. “Just say Free Palestine one time … f*** Israel, f*** Zionism.”

Baldwin told Crackhead Barney to “get out” and asked an employee to call the police. As the nearly one-minute video came to an end, he then violently slapped the phone out of her hand.



Addressing the fracas in conversation with Morgan, the unhinged Crackhead Barney appeared in white makeup sporting a neck brace, with her arm in a sling and a set of crutches. Her top was also pulled up, revealing her nearly bare chest

“Look at me. Piers, I was maimed by a White man,” she said, standing up. “Do you see the damage Alec did to me? Look at my arms! … I was maimed. My hand is broken. My neck is broken.”



Crackhead Barney also tried to berate Morgan into saying “Free Palestine.”

“Piers f***ing Morgan … What’s wrong with saying ‘Free Palestine’?” the rabble rouser asked. “Piers, can you say ‘Free, Free Palestine’ for me?”

When he was eventually able to get a word in over her shrieks, Morgan insisted, “I absolutely believe that Palestine should be free.”

Morgan then accused her of trivializing Israel’s war against Hamas with Barney replying: “I’m always serious… I’m a victim, I’m a victim, Piers … Look, Piers, you’re trying to spin this into some bulls***. I know exactly what you’re doing, Piers, and your tactics.”

With over 10,000 followers on X and almost 100,000 on Instagram, Crackhead Barney has been ambushing people in public since at least 2020, including a viral tussle with Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudy Giuliani, in 2021.


When reached for comment on her dustup with Baldwin, a publicist for Barney told Entertainment Weekly that she hoped the incident would expose “double standards of society in the U.S.”

“My performance art and confrontational media is a statement about the double standards of society in the U.S. As the U.S. supports Israel in the genocide of Palestinians, here at home powerful people maintain a facade of politeness and dignity while we export death and terror around the world,” the statement read in part.

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Too bad he didn't break her jaw, so she would shut up for a while.
 

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Movie armourer appeals conviction in fatal shooting of cinematographer by Alec Baldwin
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Published May 14, 2024 • 1 minute read

SANTA FE, N.M. — A movie weapons armourer is appealing her conviction for involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by Alec Baldwin on the set of the Western film “Rust,” according to court documents released Tuesday.


A defence attorney filed the shortly worded appeal notice as Hannah Gutierrez-Reed serves an 18-month sentence at a New Mexico penitentiary for women. Her attorneys have 30 days to submit detailed arguments.


Prosecutors blame Gutierrez-Reed for unwittingly bringing live ammunition onto the set of “Rust,” where it was expressly prohibited, and for failing to follow basic gun-safety protocols. A jury convicted her in state court in March.

Baldwin, the lead actor and co-producer of the film, was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a rehearsal when the gun went off, killing her and wounding director Joel Souza.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and says he pulled back the hammer — but not the trigger — and the gun fired. His trial is scheduled for July.


Gutierrez-Reed was acquitted of an evidence tampering charge at trial, and still confronts separate court proceedings on allegations she carried a firearm into a bar in downtown Santa Fe.

A New Mexico judge last month found that Gutierrez-Reed’s recklessness on the “Rust” set amounted to a serious violent offense, noting few indications of genuine remorse in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Gutierrez-Reed said at a sentencing hearing she had tried to do her best on the set despite not having “proper time, resources and staffing,” and that she was not the monster that people have made her out to be. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer said the maximum sentence was appropriate.
 

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Judge considers dismissing indictment against Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting of cinematographer
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Morgan Lee
Published May 17, 2024 • 3 minute read

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge is considering Alec Baldwin’s request to dismiss a grand jury indictment against him at a virtual court hearing Friday.


The indictment in January charged Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21, 2021, at a movie ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe.

Baldwin, a lead actor and co-producer on the Western “Rust,” has pleaded not guilty to the charge and his attorneys have urged dismissal. They have argued that prosecutors flouted the rules of grand jury proceedings to divert attention away from exculpatory evidence and witnesses. The involuntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in prison.

During rehearsal, Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when the revolver went off, killing Hutchins and injuring Joel Souza, the director. Baldwin has maintained that he pulled back the gun’s hammer, but not the trigger.


Baldwin’s motion to dismiss the indictment also argues that the grand jury received inaccurate and one-sided testimony about the revolver involved in the fatal shooting.

Special prosecutors say they followed grand jury protocols and accuse Baldwin of “shameless” attempts to escape culpability, highlighting contradictions in his statements to law enforcement, to workplace safety regulators and in a televised interview. A jury trial is scheduled for July.

Prosecutors turned their full attention to Baldwin after a judge in April sentenced movie weapons supervisor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed to the maximum of 1.5 years at a state penitentiary on an involuntary manslaughter conviction for Hutchins’ death.


Prosecutors last year dismissed an earlier involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin after being told the gun he was holding might have been modified before the shooting and malfunctioned. A new analysis of the gun last year enabled prosecutors to reboot the case.

The indictment against Baldwin offers two possible standards for prosecutors to pursue. One would be based on the negligent use of a firearm. An alternative is to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Baldwin caused Hutchins’ death without “due caution” or “circumspection,” also defined as “an act committed with total disregard or indifference for the safety of others.”

Defense attorneys also say prosecutors steered the grand jury away from testimony by witnesses including the film’s director, as well as assistant director and safety coordinator Dave Halls and props master Sarah Zachry. Halls last year pleaded no contest to negligent handling of a firearm and completed a sentence of six months of unsupervised probation.


The two-week trial of Gutierrez-Reed gave attorneys for Baldwin and the public a unusual window into how the actor’s own trial could unfold.

Baldwin figured prominently in testimony and closing arguments that highlighted his authority as a co-producer and the lead actor on “Rust.” Both the prosecution and defense in Gutierrez-Reed’s trial dissected video footage of Baldwin before the fatal shooting for clues about breakdowns in firearms safety.

Prosecutors said Gutierrez-Reed unwittingly brought live ammunition onto the set of “Rust,” where it was expressly prohibited, and failed to follow basic gun safety protocols.

Gutierrez-Reed is appealing the conviction, decided by a jury in March, to a higher court but hasn’t yet filed detailed arguments. At sentencing, Gutierrez-Reed told the judge she tried to do her best on the set despite not having “proper time, resources and staffing.”

After the shooting in New Mexico, the filming of “Rust” resumed but in Montana, under an agreement with Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, which made him an executive producer. A wrongful death lawsuit in civil court by Matthew Hutchins and the Hutchins’ son was settled under undisclosed terms.

Defense attorneys say Baldwin last year was offered a deal to plead to a “minor offense” before a grand jury was convened, but the offer that was “inexplicably retracted” before the deadline to respond.
 

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Involuntary manslaughter allegation against Alec Baldwin advances toward trial with new court ruling
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Morgan Lee
Published May 24, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 3 minute read

SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico judge has rejected a request by Alec Baldwin to dismiss the sole criminal charge against him in a fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust,” keeping the case on track for a trial this summer.


Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday upheld an indictment charging Baldwin with one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021. The judge rejected defence arguments that prosecutors flouted the rules of grand jury proceedings to divert attention away from exculpatory evidence and witnesses.

Special prosecutors have denied accusations that the grand jury proceedings were marred and say Baldwin made “shameless” attempts to escape culpability, highlighting contradictions in his statements to law enforcement, to workplace safety regulators and in a televised interview.

Friday’s decision removes one of the last hurdles for prosecutors to put Baldwin on trial in July.


“We look forward to our day in court,” defence attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro said in an email.

During a rehearsal on the set of the Western film, Baldwin pointed a gun at Hutchins when the revolver went off, killing her and injuring director Joel Souza. Baldwin has maintained that he pulled back the gun’s hammer but not the trigger.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in prison.

Marlowe Sommer rejected arguments that prosecutors acted in “bad faith” after reviewing transcripts of the January grand jury proceedings, noting that prosecutors are not required to present exculpatory evidence.

“New Mexico law does not require a prosecutor to present exculpatory evidence to a grand jury, or require a grand jury to even consider exculpatory evidence after alerted to its existence,” the judge wrote.


She acknowledged that some questions by grand jurors were deferred to a hired expert witness for the prosecution, but she said that didn’t prevent the jury from making an independent determination in charging Baldwin.

Court arguments last week on the motion to dismiss stretched for more than two hours, as defence attorneys for Baldwin accused prosecutors of cutting off questions from grand jurors and making little or no effort to communicate with defence witnesses in case they were called upon. Detailed records of the grand jury proceedings are not open to the public.

Lead special prosecutor Kari Morrissey said she ensured jurors had questions answered by witnesses with relevant experience and that the grand jury was shown that it had access to boxes of evidence supplied by the defence. Baldwin did not appear at the hearing.


Prosecutors last year dismissed an earlier involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin after being told the gun he was holding might have been modified before the shooting and malfunctioned. A new analysis of the gun last year enabled prosecutors to reboot the case.

Prosecutors have turned their full attention to Baldwin after a judge in April sentenced movie weapons supervisor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed to the maximum of 1.5 years at a state penitentiary on an involuntary manslaughter conviction for Hutchins’ death.

The two-week trial of Gutierrez-Reed gave attorneys for Baldwin and the public a unusual window into how the actor’s own trial could unfold.

Baldwin figured prominently in testimony and closing arguments that highlighted his authority as a co-producer and the lead actor on “Rust.” Both the prosecution and defence in Gutierrez-Reed’s trial dissected video footage of Baldwin before the fatal shooting for clues about breakdowns in firearms safety.

Prosecutors said Gutierrez-Reed unwittingly brought live ammunition onto the set of “Rust,” where it was expressly prohibited, and failed to follow basic gun safety protocols. Gutierrez-Reed is appealing her conviction but hasn’t yet filed detailed arguments.
 

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New Mexico judge rejects effort to compel new testimony from movie armorer in Alec Baldwin trial
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Morgan Lee
Published Jun 21, 2024 • 3 minute read

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge denied a request Friday to use immunity to compel testimony from a movie set armorer in the involuntary manslaughter trial of actor Alec Baldwin who fatally shot a cinematographer during rehearsal for the Western movie “Rust.”


Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was convicted in March of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the shooting of Halyna Hutchins on a movie-set ranch and she was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Her statements to investigators and workplace safety regulators will likely figure prominently in Baldwin’s trial.

But further testimony could be limited by the armorer’s reluctance to testify and by Friday’s ruling against immunity by Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, who said other witnesses can fill in most of the gaps. At a pretrial interview in May, Gutierrez-Reed exercised her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer all questions.

“It’s pretty clear that she does not intend to cooperate,” Marlowe Sommer said. “I haven’t heard of anything that she might testify to that someone else could not testify to.”


But the judge acknowledged that Gutierrez-Reed could offer new testimony about gun-safety training and whether Baldwin fully participated.

Special prosecutor Kari Morrissey indicated that the state could still call on Gutierrez-Reed to testify without immunity. Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed both oppose efforts to compel her testimony.

Baldwin figured prominently at her trial, which highlighted gun-safety protocols and his authority as a co-producer and the lead actor on “Rust.”

Gutierrez-Reed is appealing her conviction and has also been charged separately with carrying a firearm into a Santa Fe bar weeks before the fatal shooting.

An attorney for Gutierrez-Reed said compelling her to testify, even with immunity, would “virtually eliminate” the possibility of a fair trial on the pending firearms charge and could disrupt her appeal.


Also during Friday’s hearing, Marlowe Sommer ruled against a request by defense attorneys to scuttle the trial because they said Baldwin had no reason to believe the gun could contain live ammunition and wasn’t “subjectively aware” of the risks.

The court will hear a second motion to dismiss the case based on the argument that the firearm was heavily damaged during FBI forensic testing before it could be examined for possible modifications that might exonerate the actor.

“The government took the most critical evidence in this case _ the firearm — and destroyed it by repeatedly and pointlessly striking it with a mallet,” defense attorneys said in court filings. “Government agents knew that the firearm would not survive.”


During the fatal rehearsal on Oct. 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing the gun at Hutchins when it went off, killing her and wounding director Joel Souza, who survived. Baldwin says he pulled back the gun’s hammer but did not pull the trigger.

Prosecutors plan to present evidence at trial that they say shows the firearm “could not have fired absent a pull of the trigger” and was working properly before the shooting.

At Gutierrez-Reed’s trial, an FBI expert testified the gun was fully functional with safety features when it arrived at an FBI laboratory. The expert said he had to strike the fully cocked gun with a mallet and break it for the gun to fire without depressing the trigger.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.

Marlowe Sommer previously rejected another Baldwin motion for dismissal, ruling that the grand jury was able to make an independent judgement on the indictment.

Last year, special prosecutors dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin, saying they were informed the gun might have been modified before the shooting and malfunctioned. But they pivoted after receiving a new analysis of the gun and successfully pursued a grand jury indictment.
 

bill barilko

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This Hannah Gutierrez Reed is one immature nutcase-refusing to accept any responsibility and accusing the judge of 'being on the take' something I think she doesn't understand.

And taking a handgun into a bar the taking a photo?

WTH?
 
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