On October 21, 2021, Alec Baldwin shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western film "Rust." This tragic incident led to a nationwide discussion about what really happened that day, and why on earth Baldwin pulled the trigger.
Baldwin, 63, has shirked responsibility from day one, insisting that he was not at fault for killing Hutchins, even though he was the one who pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger. The latest news coming from this legal case shows that Baldwin is only doubling down on the claim that he isn't responsible for her tragic, untimely death.
Alec Baldwin and His Lawyer Claim That Hutchins Told Him to Point the Gun at Her
Baldwin's lawyer, Luke Nikas, wrote in an arbitration filing that he was entirely innocent in this "unthinkable tragedy," absolving him of all financial responsibility that the lawsuits are placing on him.
“This is a rare instance when the system broke down, and someone should be held legally culpable for the tragic consequences,” Nikas wrote. “That person is not Alec Baldwin."
Nikas also wrote that Hutchins was actually responsible for what transpired because she "directed Baldwin" during the rehearsal to “determine how best to angle the camera and what movements Baldwin should make for her to capture the cocked gun that the script had called for."
He continued, “Hutchins described what she would like Baldwin to do with the placement of the gun … She directed Baldwin to hold the gun higher, to a point where it was directed toward her."
“In giving and following these instructions, Hutchins and Baldwin shared a core, vital belief: that the gun was ‘cold’ and contained no live rounds," Nikas wrote, doubling down on the notion that Baldwin is not responsible at all for Hutchins' death. “Baldwin asked Hutchins whether she wanted to see him cock the gun, as the script required. She responded yes."
To make matters even worse, the filing also pointed to an interaction between Baldwin and Matthew Hutchins, Halyna's husband. Nikas says that when the two hugged following Halyna's death, Matthew said, "I guess we're going to go through this together."
Baldwin has continued his Hollywood circuit as usual, doing interviews and claiming that the only reason anyone is suing him for Hutchins' death is because he has "deep pockets." Just when you think you can't dislike the guy anymore, he comes up with another reason to despise him.