Investigations into the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” continue at full steam, and now new information reveals that the Santa Fe Police Department has been granted a warrant to investigate the cell phone. ‘Alec Baldwin (via Yahoo!).
For those who don’t know him, Hutchins was murdered after Baldwin accidentally pulled the trigger on a handgun he believed to be stage design. The bullet also injured director Joe Souza, and since then legal authorities have made efforts to figure out what happened.
In a statement attached to the warrant, Detective Alexandria Hancock said investigators were looking for evidence that could help close the case. Hancock said she asked Baldwin and his lawyer if they could voluntarily hand over the cell phone – but they asked her to seek leave from the court.
In the same statement, Hancock reveals that he had previously performed a brief cell phone search for Hutchins, who died on October 21, and that he had found conversations about the film’s production date since July 14.
Additionally, the comments include details of the first interview with local detectives, which until then had not been made public. In the interview in question, Baldwin said he exchanged emails with Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the gunsmith responsible for the items on the set, about the type of weapon he would use. She had shown several types of weapons and had chosen a Colt .45 revolver for the actor to use in the film.
“He comments that he asked for a bigger gun and that she also showed him different styles of knives for production. Alec showed a [revólver] Colt with a brown handle and a cherry handle, and he ultimately chose the one with a brown handle, ”the statement read.
Last week, Baldwin gave an interview to broadcaster ABC and said he did not shoot the gun that killed Hutchins.
Baldwin made some bold statements during the interview, saying he was not guilty of the crash and believed someone else should be held responsible.
While some are on the actor’s side, others believe the actor should be held accountable in one way or another, as investigators have yet to find a culprit.
In the same interview, Baldwin even considered giving up his acting career due to the emotional after-effects generated by the unexpected loss of his colleague.
At the time, he said he couldn’t imagine starring again in a new movie with guns: “I’m just crazy ***** for my career.”
Asked by journalist George Stephanopoulos if his career was over, he replied:
“Well, maybe it does.”
Watch some excerpts from the interview:
Baldwin was chased by screenwriter Mamie Mitchell, who was working on the film’s set at the time of filming, and was nearly hit by the bullet that killed Hutchins and injured Souza.
According to Gloria Allred, Mamie’s lawyer, the script for “Rust” did not call for the shot to be fired at the scene of the incident:
“They were going to do three close-ups after lunch. One camera would be focused on the eyes of the accused Baldwin, another on a bloodstain on Baldwin’s shoulder and a third on the actor’s chest. THERE WAS NO SHOOTING IN THE SCRIPT. The actor neither needed nor should have shot. Therefore, he should have assumed that the gun in question was loaded, ”the lawyer said.
Mitchell claims he was injured in town and is suing the actor and producers for “assault and emotional turmoil.”
The gunsmith responsible for ensuring the safety of stage weapons, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, has spoken on the subject for the first time.
In an official statement released to EW magazine by her lawyers, she said she had no idea where the real bullets were coming from. In the document, she claims her innocence, stating that “untruths have been told to the press”. At the time, she still said she was “devastated and completely beside herself with the events that unfolded”.
The statement from Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence still reflects:
“Safety is Hannah’s number one priority on the set. Ultimately, this set would never have been compromised had it not been for live bullets to be introduced. Hannah has no idea where the real bullets are coming from. Hannah was hired for two roles in this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as a gunsmith. She struggled to train, days to keep the guns and enough time to prepare for their use, but was ultimately rejected by production and her department. The entire production suite has become unstable due to several factors, including the lack of safety meetings. It wasn’t Hannah’s fault. She also wishes to express her deepest condolences to the family and friends of Halyna, “an inspiring woman in the film whom Hannah admired”.
Recently, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies held a press conference to update the public on the progress of the work.
At the time, the two professionals were asked about the possibility that star and producer Alec Baldwin could face criminal charges for the accidental shooting that led to the tragedy. In response, Carmack-Altwies said the option was not ruled out.
“Right now, all options are on the table. I will not comment on the charges, whether or not they will be laid, or on whom. We cannot answer this question until we complete a more thorough investigation. No one has been scrapped yet. ”
During the press conference, Mendoza also reflected on the seriousness of the police work, assuring the victims that the operation is proceeding categorically – so questions can be answered:
“Over the past few days, our investigative team has worked diligently to conduct interviews, execute search warrants, and collect and process evidence on the spot. I want to assure the victims, their families and the public that we are conducting a thorough and objective investigation. “
Regarding possible criminal charges, the couple stressed the importance of completing the investigative process and then moving to this step.
According to the public prosecutor:
“I must stress that a thorough investigation is essential to the conclusion of the police. We take the corroborated facts and evidence and connect them to New Mexico law. We are not there yet. If the facts, evidence, and law support criminal charges, then I will begin the process at this point. ”
Recently, a new affidavit prepared by the Santa Fe County Police Department was released.
The document details what allegedly happened minutes before the shooting, leading to the fatal incident which claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
According to information provided to police by director Joel Souza, cited in the statement obtained by EW, actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene inside Bonanza Creek Farm church when the incident occurred.
The rehearsal involved Baldwin attempting a maneuver, “crossing the draw of his gun and pointing the gun at the camera lens” before the gun fired, according to the affidavits.
Souza, who was by Hutchins’ side, was injured but was quickly released from the hospital. The artist, on the other hand, could not endure the injuries and died in the University of New Mexico hospital.
According to the New York Times, an affidavit issued by the sheriff’s office claimed that one of the film’s assistant directors assured star Alec Baldwin that the weapon he was given was bullet-free.
According to the document, he took one of the three scenographic weapons prepared by the team of gunsmiths, placed it in their hands and shouted “Cold gun!” – a term used in Hollywood which denotes that the object does not have real bullets inside its cartridge. .
Also according to the statement, which was issued as part of a search warrant request, the deputy director “did not know there were real bullets in the gun” when he did so.
No charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, the incident occurred hours after half a dozen members of the film crew left the set to protest the working conditions.
A source told The Times that protesting staff members who were part of the Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have been replaced with non-union professionals.
The fatal accident claimed the lives of director of photography Halyna Hutchins and seriously injured director Joel Souza. After being rushed to the University of New Mexico hospital, the professional couldn’t resist his injuries, dying at 42.
Hours later, the star released a statement via her official Twitter account, regretting what had happened and making herself available to the Hutchins family.
At the time, he said:
“No words can describe my shock and sadness at the tragic accident which claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins: wife, mother and colleague whom we deeply admire. I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to determine how this tragedy occurred.
In another post, he adds:
“I am in contact with your husband, offering my full support to him and his family. My heart is broken for him, for their son and for all who knew and loved Halyna.
“Alec Baldwin has released an official statement on the death of filmmaker Halyna Hutchins, which he accidentally shot on the set of ‘Rust’.”
#AlecBaldwin has released an official statement on the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who accidentally filmed on the set of #Rust. pic.twitter.com/cn2neaqK9D
– Binge Watch This (@BingeWatchThis_) October 22, 2021
Who was Halyna Hutchins?
At 42, Hutchins had worked as a director of photography since 2012, and since then she has accumulated credits in short films, television productions and short films.
Throughout his career he has been behind the goals of “Archenemy” (2020), “Blindfire” (2020) and “The Mad Hatter” (2021).
His most famous work was “A Luv Tale: The Series”, presented at BET + between 2018 and 2021, and “Rust” would be his gateway to major productions.
Born in Ukraine, Hutchins studied film in Los Angeles and also earned a journalism degree from Kyiv National University.
She even worked as an investigative journalist on several documentaries across Europe before embarking on fiction productions.
In her latest post on social media, the filmmaker shared a behind-the-scenes video for “Rust”.
In caption, she wrote:
“One of the perks of shooting a western is riding a horse on your day off.”
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