Alec Baldwin practices drawing his revolver on the set of the Rust movie in new footage released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
The department has released all files related to its ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the western.
Hutchins was killed on the film’s set in October last year after a prop gun Baldwin was holding was fired.
The footage of the actor brandishing the gun was reportedly taken on the same day as the incident.
Director Joel Souza was also injured while filming at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.
Other footage shows Souza discussing the incident with officials at the hospital and asking about Hutchins’ well-being.
Souza says he heard “a very loud bang” and describes the feeling of “being kicked in the shoulder”.
“I was laying on my bum and I look over and I see camerawoman Halyna Hutchins with blood coming out of her back,” he says.
The director also describes how armourer Hannah Gutierrez handed the gun over to Reed Baldwin, saying it was “cold” or “clean,” meaning it allegedly contained no live cartridges.
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“There was a bang that was louder than I’ve ever heard from a gap before,” Souza tells officers.
Other clips show officers arriving on the film’s set for interviews with members of the production team.
Various parts of the investigation are pending, including FBI firearms and ballistics… and analysis of Mr. Alec Baldwin’s phone records.Adan Mendoza, Santa Fe County Sheriff
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said various components of the investigation were “pending,” including the FBI’s firearms and ballistics forensics and analysis of Baldwin’s phone records.
It comes after a report on the incident revealed that the film’s production company “knew that firearm safety procedures were not followed on set” and “demonstrated simple indifference to staff safety”.
Rust Movie Productions was fined US$136,793 (£104,810), the maximum allowable under New Mexico state law, after a six-month investigation by the state environmental agency.
“Today, the sheriff’s office is releasing all files related to our ongoing investigation,” Mendoza said Monday.
“The files are all related to the Rust film set investigation and include deputy and detective lapel/dash camera footage, incident reports, crime scene photos, investigation reports, witness interviews, set videos and staff photos collected during the course of this investigation . ”
He added: “Various components of the investigation are pending, including FBI firearms and ballistic forensics, as well as DNA and latent fingerprint analyses, the Office of the New Mexico Medical Examiner’s findings report and analysis of Mr. Alec Baldwin’s telephone records obtained by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Investigators.”
Baldwin’s attorneys say the previously released report “exculpates” the actor because it shows he “did not have authority over the matters that were the subject of the office’s violation determinations.”
“We are confident that those identified in the report will be held accountable for this tragedy,” they added.
The Hollywood actor continues to fight a number of court cases stemming from the incident.
Cases are brought by script director Mamie Mitchell, lighting director Serge Svetnoy, and the Hutchins family.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/new-footage-shows-alec-baldwin-practising-with-gun-ahead-of-fatal-rust-shooting-41587504.html New footage shows Alec Baldwin practicing with the gun before fatally shooting Rust