Alec Baldwin is not exonerated, per New Mexico official
Six-month anniversary of 'willful' aiming a gun at Halyna Hutchins
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Six months ago today, Alec Baldwin shot and killed his cinematograher Halyna Hutchins on a movie set. He has not apologized nor taken responsibility for his actions. He did not say a word about her to his millions of social media followers today.
Instead, on this anniversary of his shooting Hutchins in the chest and then walking outside while she bled out on the floor, Baldwin tweeted to point blame on the other producers of “Rust.” See here:
The OSHA report he references came out yesterday. I spent a lot of time calling the New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health & Safety Bureau (OHSB) to try to talk to the media staff and get a copy of the report. I finally wore down the operator to give me the direct number and email for the OHSB Communications Director Matthew Maez. But he didn’t reply to me.
Then I looked at the amazing subreddit about Baldwin’s wife (who goes by the fake Spanish name “Hilaria”) and discovered that the pepinos there had already found the report summary online. They are better than many professional investigative journalists.
I called and emailed Maez again today, and he sent me the link to the report summary along with the citation and press release. All are uploaded below in my sources so you can read them yourself.
In short, OHSB gave Rust Movie Productions, LLC a “willful-serious citation” and the maximum fine of $136,793. I’ll break down the report when I have more time.
When I spoke to Maez, I asked if he wanted to respond to Baldwin’s statement on Wednesday that says the report exonerates him. It’s here:
Baldwin’s high-priced attorneys can say in an iphone note on Instagram that the New Mexico workplace report “exonerates Mr. Baldwin because he belived the gun held only dummy rounds,” but that doesn’t make it true.
I laughed a little while telling Maez about Baldwin’s declaring himself exonerated of shooting Hutchins because it’s just so arrogant.
Maez replied that their investigaion “does not exonerate or implicate anyone.” He pointed out that their agency inspects working conditions and is “never intended to look into one person’s role.”
Baldwin picked two sentences from the 11-page public summary of the report and conviently left out these facts:
Alec Baldwin handled the revolver and fired the round that struck and injured Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza.
On October 21, 2021, Dave Halls handed the 0.45 caliber Colt revolver, loaded with what he assumed were dummy rounds, to Alec Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin aimed the revolver toward Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza and a projectile was fired, striking Ms. Hutchins and Mr. Souza.
Baldwin pointed a gun at Hutchins and pulled
the trigger the hammer and killed her. That is now the official report from one state agency.
Baldwin’s tweet today from the report — his role as a producer on the movie — is his way of putting blame on the other producers because he’s a cheap multimillionaire.
He’s been trying to weasel out of his producer role to avoid paying Hutchins’s widower and son in their wrongful death suit. Read more about that in my story here: Alec Baldwin claims he can't be sued for 'Rust' shooting and actors are above gun safety rules
Finally, I asked Maez whether their report will be used by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department for its
neverending ongoing investigation.
I asked this because I’ve been watching closely the state officials investigating Hutchins’s death since Baldwin declared on ABC News in December that they were letting him off the hook. It was No. 9 in my list of Top 10 Alec Baldwin Excuses for Shooting:
“I've been told by people who are in the know, in terms of even inside the state, that it's highly unlikely that I would be charged with anything criminally,” Baldwin announced.
Who inside the state of New Mexico told Baldwin early on that it’s highly unlikely he will be charged criminally? It rings of conspiracy.
Of course he could be lying, but it’s so definitive that I believe it’s at least partly accurate.
So I was surprised that Maez told me definitively and repeatedly that their full investigation report was given to Sheriff Adam Mendoza. Maez said his workplace investigation is not part of the sheriff’s, but “they have a copy of it and are welcome to use it.”
This tells me that there are at least some New Mexico state officials who did not decide in the beginning that Baldwin could not be charged criminally.
I saw today that Alec Baldwin was trending on Twitter, not Halyna Hutchins.
I think about her widower Matt. He can’t start to really grieve until these investigations and lawsuits are completed. And it’s dragging on too long. Matt has to protect his 9-year-old son Andros from the news every time there’s a development about his mother’s horrific death.
Baldwin clearly doesn’t think at all about how his words continue to hurt the grieving husband and son. His silence would have been the most thoughtful way to go through this six-month anniversary.
Instead, he tweeted to once again blame Hutchins’s death on the people who worked for him or with him on this movie. Alec Baldwin is the worst boss in history.
New Mexico OHSB Rust Workplace Fatality Investigation website (h/t pepinos)
This is the movie industry’s safety guidelines that is cited in the OHSB report: