Despite repeatedly insisting that he does not bear responsibility for the on-set death of respected cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year, actor Alec Baldwin must now contend with forensic findings indicating that the gun that killed her – which he was holding at the time – could not have been fired unless he pulled the trigger, as ABC News reports.
The horrifying chain of events at issue occurred on the New Mexico set of the film Rust, and Baldwin had claimed in the months that had followed that just before the shooting, he believed had been holding a so-called “cold gun” that did not contain ammunition and that he did not pull the trigger anyway.
According to accidental discharge tests performed by the FBI, however, the gun at issue – a .45 Colt single-action revolver – could simply not have fired unless the trigger had been pulled, something Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos last year that he did not do.
The December 2021 interview with Stephanopoulos shocked observers due to the pronounced lack of remorse or accountability he demonstrated over the incident that killed Hutchins, who left behind a husband and young son.
Asserting that he harbored no guilt over the events of that day, Baldwin added, “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is. But I know it’s not me.”
In another seemingly tone-deaf statement in the wake of Hutchins’ death, Baldwin also infamously posted a video to social media last year thanking his supporters and declaring, “I’m just trying to move forward with my life and trying to get through a tough time, a really tough time.”
As Fox News notes, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office received the aforementioned testing report from the FBI earlier this month, and homicide and computer crimes detectives in New York are also currently involved in securing and assessing phone records from the actor’s devices.
After those records have been examined, and all forensic and medical examiner’s reports are fully reviewed, the fruits of the investigation in Santa Fe will reportedly be forwarded to the local district attorney for possible criminal charging decisions.
Given this week’s forensic revelations, which seem to give lie to Baldwin’s professions of innocence regarding the trigger on the gun that fatally wounded Hutchins, it appears increasingly more likely that justice could finally be coming for the notoriously hate-filled liberal loudmouth who still refuses to accept responsibility for his actions.