‘Rust’ shooting: Checking Alec Baldwin’s gun was not the assistant director’s responsibility, says lawyer

“He’s not responsible for checking it out,” attorney Lisa Torraco said in an interview with Fox News on Monday. “It’s not the job of the assistant director. If he chooses to check the firearm because he wants to make sure everyone is safe, he can do it, but that’s not his responsibility.”

“David told me that the incident was not a deliberate act,” the detective writes.

Torraco said Halls was not required to check the gun.

“Expecting an assistant instructor to check a firearm is like asking an assistant instructor to check the camera angle or asking an assistant instructor to check sound or light,” Torraco said.

According to the New York Post, in his first public statement since the shooting, Halls spoke about his relationship with Hutchins.

“Halyna Hutchins was not only one of the most talented people I have worked with, but also a friend,” he said in the statement. “I’m shocked and saddened by her death.”

Although Halls did not address the details of the investigation, he commented on the changes he would like to see in the industry.

“It is my hope that this tragedy will cause the industry to re-evaluate its values ​​and practices to ensure that no one is harmed through the creative process again,” his statement read.

According to the Post, Halls said he has been “overwhelmed by the love and support” and that his “thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”

CNN has made repeated attempts to reach Halls, and he has not responded. His lawyer declined to comment to CNN on Monday.

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Torraco said witnesses have told her team that the armor man or the armored man’s assistant brought the gun on set.

Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, weapons officer for the film, said her priority is safety.

“Ultimately, this set would never have been compromised if live ammunition had not been introduced,” attorneys Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence said in a statement. “Hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from.”

Torraco said some witnesses told her team that the armorman handed the gun directly to Baldwin, and then Baldwin put it in a holster. Some witnesses also said Baldwin wanted to adjust his holster and handed the firearm to Halls, who immediately handed the firearm back after the actor had adjusted his holster, Torraco added.

According to Torraco, other witnesses said the armor man brought in the firearm, another crew member checked the firearm, and then Halls checked the firearm “as a pass” and handed it to Baldwin, “because he was between the two,” Torraco said.

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But she said one thing has been incorrectly reported about what Halls did that day.

“The statements state that my client grabbed the gun from a support trolley and gave it to Baldwin. It absolutely did not happen,” Torraco said.

Sante Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said investigators used different statements in the statements.

“This obviously does not include all the statements in the investigation,” he told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “So there are statements that Mr. Halls either inspected or handled the firearm before giving it to Mr. Baldwin.”

Mendoza said it is important for Halls and others to collaborate with investigators and get into follow-up interviews.

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“If Mr Halls sees what happened on the set that day differently, then come and explain to us how it happened,” the sheriff said.

The sheriff added that some of the people they want to talk to again have not said yes to, on the advice of their lawyers.

Torraco said whether her client handed the gun to Baldwin is not important.

“My client did not charge the firearm. My client did not aim the firearm at anyone. And my client did not pull the trigger,” Torraco said. “The sniper comes in, the armor man opens the firearm, my client looks at it, and one of the other crew members checks it too. Whether he handed the firearm directly to Alec Baldwin at that moment, or whether the armor man handed it directly to Alec Baldwin at the time means not really anything, because he has not loaded it. “

An earlier statement said Halls shouted “Cold Gun”, meaning the firearms did not fire until he handed the gun to Baldwin.

CNN has contacted Torraco for a comment.

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Baldwin said this weekend that he talks to detectives every day.

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“We are anxiously awaiting the Sheriff’s Department to tell us what their investigation has yielded,” Baldwin told members of the paparazzi who accompanied him and his wife to Manchester, Vermont.

He told them he could not comment on what happened because there is an ongoing investigation.

Baldwin said he could not answer if he would ever work on another film set that involved firearms like the ones used on the set for “Rust.”

“I know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I am extremely interested in,” Baldwin said. “But remember, something that I think is important, and that is how many bullets have been fired in movies and TV shows in the last 75 years? This is America. How many bullets have gone off in movies and on TV? devices … and almost all without incident. “

In the event that something goes wrong and in the wake of “this horrible catastrophic thing, some new measures need to take place,” he said, including the possibility of using rubber guns or plastic guns.

“It’s not up to me to decide,” Baldwin said.

No criminal charges have been filed, but the Santa Fe County District Attorney recently said she has not ruled anyone out.

CNN’s Steve Almasy, Amanda Watts and Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.


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