Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are shown yesterday near their New York City home with two of their six children

Alec Baldwin complained to cops that Rust shooting cost him jobs, new audio reveals2022-04-27 12:56:37

Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are shown yesterday near their New York City home with two of their six children

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Alec Baldwin badgered Santa Fe detectives to grill the crew of Rust about a box of ‘missing’ bullets and complained about losing out on work and having to tell his kids about how he accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. 

In the week after the accident, Baldwin phoned Detective Alexandra Hancock to ask if the sheriff had interviewed the film’s armorer about the bullets, and to ask when a press conference was being held. Sheriff Adan Mendoza held a briefing on October 27 – six days after the accident. 

He was frantic, begging the detective to ‘indulge’ him by asking about the box of bullets that he felt could explain how a live round ended up in his gun. 

He also told the detective about having to tell his eight-year-old daughter Carmen about the tragedy, and how she ‘cried’ afterwards. 

Baldwin said he’d been ‘fired’ from the rest of his projects for the year as a result of the accident. 

‘You know what’s really tough for me, is I have six kids. We had to tell my older daughter yesterday what happened and she started to cry. 

‘She said “I’m going to go to school and everyone’s going to make fun of me.” My eight-year-old. Half the jobs I had lined up between now and the second half of the year they fired me. 

‘They didn’t want me to come,’ he said. 

He told the sheriffs that on the day of shooting, a box of dummy bullets that had gone missing suddenly reappeared. After the accident involving Hutchins, the crew went back to the box and discovered live rounds had been mixed in with the dummy rounds, he said. 

Baldwin was adamant that the sheriff’s investigators should question Hannah Gutierrez, the armorer, about the box. 

Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are shown yesterday near their New York City home with two of their six children

Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are shown yesterday near their New York City home with two of their six children 

‘[The box] reappeared. It materialized out of nowhere on top of a table in the truck, and she told me unequivocally that that box was the box the long colts were taken from to put into the gun. They went back to the box and there were multiple live rounds in the box. The point is, I have always maintained that this is an accident of negligence.

‘But every time I hear a little piece like this, it sounds like there’s a chance – I’m sure it’s slim – I’m not looking for conspiracy that someone tampered with this,’ he said.  

 You know what’s really tough for me, is I have six kids. We had to tell my older daughter yesterday what happened and she started to cry. ‘She said “I’m going to go to school and everyone’s going to make fun of me.” My eight-year-old. Half the jobs I had lined up between now and the second half of the year they fired me. They didn’t want me to come,’

‘I’d be dying to find out from Hannah – I don’t want to abuse Hannah or make her feel bad about what’s happened but what happened to that box of bullets?

‘What date did it disappear? How long did it disappear for? When it came back, how did you find it?

When the box reappeared and you loaded the gun with bullets and I went and shot this woman, and then you went back to that same box of bullets and found multiple rounds mingled with dummies… I’d love to verify all of that with Hannah.’ 

The call lasted around 34 minutes and ended with Baldwin saying he’d be ‘in touch’ again. 

‘My gratitude to you for being so patient with me. People have said to me – who could have had something out for you? 

‘Who was anybody on the set who expressed to anybody some kind of malignant…Never in a million of years did I assume someone could…I still believe it was an accident,’ he said. 

Another video showed him being told that Hutchins had died. 

The footage was taken inside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico on October 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s prop gun fired a live round during a rehearsal for a scene. 

He had just finished telling cops that he didn’t pull the trigger, and was therefore stunned when he saw what looked like a live round fire from his weapon and pierce through director Joel Souza’s shoulder before striking Hutchins in the armpit. 

‘I have some unfortunate news. She didn’t make it,’ the investigator told him. 

He shot back in his seat, saying: ‘No!’ before asking if he can be excused to phone his wife, Hilaria. Baldwin left the room with his head in his hands.  Seconds later, he was photographed in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office, wailing as he spoke to Hilaria. 

The actor then went on to complain about having to tell his eight-year-old daughter about Hutchins’ death.

He implored the detectives to speak with Gutierrez. 

‘I hope you know…. getting Hannah in your sights there and asking her to describe this box of colt… I’d love to hear all about that. 

‘Tracing the chain of title of that round that killed Halyna – what else matters but that?’ 

Video shows investigators telling the actor that Hutchins, 42, had succumbed to her injuries, with Baldwin instantly saying 'no' as he lurched back into his seat in shock. Baldwin, 64, is seen raising his hand to his mouth as he looks between the two investigators in stunned silence

Video shows investigators telling the actor that Hutchins, 42, had succumbed to her injuries, with Baldwin instantly saying ‘no’ as he lurched back into his seat in shock. Baldwin, 64, is seen raising his hand to his mouth as he looks between the two investigators in stunned silence

Baldwin remains in the same position for 24 seconds before he puts his hand on his chest and then covers his face with his hands.

Baldwin remains in the same position for 24 seconds before he puts his hand on his chest and then covers his face with his hands.

Baldwin sits in silence and with his hands raised to his face before he asked to call his wife Hilaria

Baldwin sits in silence and with his hands raised to his face before he asked to call his wife Hilaria

‘My gratitude to you for being so patient with me. People have said to me – who could have had something out for you? 

‘Who was anybody on the set who expressed to anybody some kind of malignant…never in a million of years did I assume someone could I still believe it was an accident… 

Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the movie Rust on October 21, 2021, when he pulled his gun from his costume. It fired and shot Hutchins, 42, in the armpit, fatally wounding her.

Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the movie Rust on October 21, 2021, when he pulled his gun from his costume. It fired and shot Hutchins, 42, (pictured) in the armpit, fatally wounding her

Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the movie Rust on October 21, 2021, when he pulled his gun from his costume. It fired and shot Hutchins, 42, (pictured) in the armpit, fatally wounding her

The gun fired a live round which had been loaded into what Baldwin thought was an empty gun.

It comes after Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza on Tuesday suggested Baldwin may still face charges for accidentally killing Hutchins. 

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office this week released a trove of documents and videos from their investigation into the on-set accident.

More new footage has also emerged of Baldwin in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, with the actor telling police that he was ‘the one holding the gun’ and asking for a cigarette to calm himself down. 

Video shows Baldwin sitting down outside the set smoking the cigarette that was handed to him. He then asks how Hutchins is doing before a police officer says that her status is ‘questionable’.

It comes as Sheriff Mendoza said that Baldwin could still face charges because he was who was handling the weapon.

Appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Sheriff Mendoza said ‘He was the one that handled the weapon that fired the round that led to the fatality. 

‘We’re going to work with the DA’s office to determine if there is criminal neglect or criminal charges. We kind of know who didn’t do their jobs here. That was one of the key questions.

Mendoza added that police are still waiting for forensics and ballistics reports into the shooting that happened more than six months ago. 

‘The key component is the analysis on the firearm and the FBI report. Once that’s all corrected, [the DA] will make the determination of who’s responsible, if anyone.’

Among the collection of material released by the Sheriff’s department was footage of Baldwin being told that Hutchins had died from the gunshot wound.

‘I have some very unfortunate news to tell you,’ an investigator told Baldwin whilst they were sat at a table in the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Baldwin quickly looks up from the table and asks: ‘What?’ 

The investigator replied: ‘She [Hutchins] didn’t make it.’ Baldwin quickly says ‘no’ before raising his hand to his face in shock. 

The officer continued: ‘Yes. So Joel’s still at the hospital. But the other person involved didn’t make it. Sorry. I didn’t want you to hear it outside of here.’

Baldwin sits in silence and with his hands raised to his face before he asked to call his wife Hilaria.

Before the police interview, more footage emerged showing the actor seemingly on the phone to Hilaria. 

The actor can be heard asking her to fly from their home in New York out to New Mexico to be with him. 

‘Can you hear me? Can you hear me? I’m at the police station. How is everyone at home? How are the kids? 

‘The kids are great,’ she replies. 

He asked her if she had told their daughter Carmen ‘what was going on.’ 

‘Are you convinced you don’t want to come tomorrow?’

She replied: ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea. Call me after you talk with the sheriff but I don’t think it’s a great idea.

He fired back: ‘Just to be clear. They’re going to make me stay here anyway.’ 

Then, bringing the phone to his ear, he said: ‘I don’t want to do this film anymore, I don’t. I don’t want to be a public person. I’m the one holding the gun in my hand that everyone was supposed to have taken care of.

‘They always hand me a cold gun.’ 

He then seems to quiz his wife on her whereabouts, asking: ‘Where are you now? Michelle who?

‘And where are you? I’ll call you back when I’m done, OK?’ 

During the 30 minute police interview, Baldwin told how he had always been handed a ‘cold’ weapon by the crew. 

In new footage released by Sheriff’s Office, Baldwin is seen drawing his gun in a rehearsal of the fatal Rust movie scene that saw him accidentally kill Hutchins.

The clip, filmed by the production’s cameras, shows Baldwin in full costume sitting in a church pew, drawing his prop pistol from his waistcoat jacket. 

Baldwin is seen minutes after being told Halyna had died, in the parking lot of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. He is on the phone to his wife Hilaria

Baldwin is seen minutes after being told Halyna had died, in the parking lot of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. He is on the phone to his wife Hilaria 

Baldwin, buckled over in grief, after being told Halyna Hutchins had died as a result of the injuries he accidentally caused

Baldwin, buckled over in grief, after being told Halyna Hutchins had died as a result of the injuries he accidentally caused

New footage has emerged of Baldwin in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, with the actor telling police that he was 'the one holding the gun' and asking for a cigarette to calm himself down

New footage has emerged of Baldwin in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, with the actor telling police that he was ‘the one holding the gun’ and asking for a cigarette to calm himself down

Video shows Baldwin sitting down outside the set smoking the cigarette that was handed to him. He then asks how Hutchins is doing before a police officer says that her status is 'questionable'

Video shows Baldwin sitting down outside the set smoking the cigarette that was handed to him. He then asks how Hutchins is doing before a police officer says that her status is ‘questionable’

Scattered, discarded tissues and gauze pads at the scene of the shooting on October 21

Scattered, discarded tissues and gauze pads at the scene of the shooting on October 21

Bloody tissues and a script with a dirty foot print on it inside the church

Bloody tissues and a script with a dirty foot print on it inside the church 

Discarded medical materials inside the church after the fatal shooting

Discarded medical materials inside the church after the fatal shooting  

Crime scene photos show bloody gauze at the scene that was used by paramedics before Hutchins was taken away

Crime scene photos show bloody gauze at the scene that was used by paramedics before Hutchins was taken away 

Wearing a full beard of stubble, the actor looks sternly into the camera. He seems to be talking with Hutchins and director Joel Souza throughout, but there is no audio in the clip released on Monday. 

The clip was filmed on October 21, hours before Baldwin’s gun fired a live round, apparently spontaneously, as he drew it. It wounded Hutchins fatally. 

No one has been criminally charged over the shooting but Baldwin is being sued by Hutchins family. 

In another video released on Monday night, Hutchins is seen clinging to life while EMTs beg ‘stay with us!’ 

The clip, filmed by the production's cameras, shows Baldwin in full costume sitting in a church pew, drawing his prop pistol from his waistcoat jacket.

The clip, filmed by the production’s cameras, shows Baldwin in full costume sitting in a church pew, drawing his prop pistol from his waistcoat jacket.

Baldwin goes to draw his gun in the rehearsal of the movie scene on October 21 last year

Baldwin goes to draw his gun in the rehearsal of the movie scene on October 21 last year

Pictures taken by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office show the evidence left on the scene after paramedics departed

Pictures taken by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office show the evidence left on the scene after paramedics departed

Data files released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office included a video of investigators debriefing Baldwin within hours of the fatal shooting, talking with him inside a compact office

Data files released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office included a video of investigators debriefing Baldwin within hours of the fatal shooting, talking with him inside a compact office

She appeared to be unconscious throughout, having been shot through her right armpit, with the bullet that struck her later emerging again through the top of her shoulder. 

Not much can be heard other than encouragement for Hutchins and the paramedics barking instructions at one another. 

In another video, the crew from Rust, including Baldwin, can be heard asking how Hutchins is doing.  

Baldwin can be heard asking ‘what’s her story?’ in reference to Hutchins and being told things are ‘a little bit rougher.’

Someone can be heard asking if the condition is life-threatening and the response is: ‘enough to get air-lifted.’ 

Dramatic police bodycam video shows medics battling to save Halyna Hutchins life after the Rust movie set shooting

Dramatic police bodycam video shows medics battling to save Halyna Hutchins life after the Rust movie set shooting

At one point, Hutchins' top layer of clothing was taken off to help paramedics who were working to save her

At one point, Hutchins’ top layer of clothing was taken off to help paramedics who were working to save her 

Hutchins was also filmed being wheeled out of the church on a trolley while being given oxygen, before being put into a med-e-vac helicopter and airlifted away

Hutchins was also filmed being wheeled out of the church on a trolley while being given oxygen, before being put into a med-e-vac helicopter and airlifted away 

One video showed him being approached by cops for the first time moments after the shooting, and being warned not to discuss what had happened with any colleagues before he’d been spoken to by cops.

Another clip showed Baldwin sitting on the back of a truck and asking for an update on Hutchins, only to be told by the cop that EMTs were still working on her.

A third set of footage showed him being grilled back at a police station afterwards.  

The investigation files also include rehearsal clips that show Baldwin in costume as he practices a quick-draw maneuver with a gun.

The sheriff’s office also released dozens of text messages and emails to and from Dave Halls, the assistant director of the movie, on Monday.

Those messages show how his friends and confidantes warned him that Baldwin’s ‘PR machine’ was ‘in overdrive’ trying to blame him for the tragedy. 

One message, written to Halls by a friend named Julie Burris, said: ‘It looks as though everyone is going for their 15 minutes of fame and AB PR team is in overdrive trying to shift the blame away from himself on a worker bee who doesn’t have the money or the power to refute any of it.

‘I think you should thoroughly discuss this aspect with your attorney because the most important thing right now is to make sure there aren’t any criminal charges brought against you – AND what the sheriff’s office affadavit [sic] actually says. 

‘And then after the fact assess what person (s) and/or news outlets you can sue for libel/slander/defamation.’ 

Assistant Director Dave Halls gives fingerprints on October 21 after the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins

Assistant Director Dave Halls gives fingerprints on October 21 after the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins 

Assistant Director Dave Halls gives a DNA sample on October 21 after the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins

Assistant Director Dave Halls gives a DNA sample on October 21 after the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins 

The first part of her message referred to claims of film industry insiders and people who previously worked with Halls that he flouted safety violations on other movie sets. 

In another message that day, Burris told Halls: ‘All of this says to me, in my opinion, is that the people with money and power are using you as a scapegoat knowing you can’t afford to fight the press of legal bills and that they don’t care about you at all. 

‘Notice I don’t see much of AB in the press and haven’t heard about any of the producing team. Not one thing.’

Halls is filmed giving investigators a swab of his DNA and his fingerprints in one of the interviews. 

Of all of the people involved in the shooting, he has said the least in the six months since it happened. 

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old armorer, has repeatedly issued statements protesting her innocence. She said she was overworked on set. 

In bodycam footage that emerged yesterday, she is seen telling police that she is worried her career is over as a result of the accident. 

In her own police interview, she told the investigators:  ‘I check the guns and I load the guns and I hand the guns to the actor.’ 

‘We went to set, we had the guns on set. I dummied the guns up with the dummy rounds. Nothing happened and then we came back from lunch and…’

In other interviews, armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told cops she is who 'loads the guns and hands them to the actors'

In other interviews, armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told cops she is who 'loads the guns and hands them to the actors'

In other interviews, armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told cops she is who ‘loads the guns and hands them to the actors’

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said in a statement that the investigation by his agency remains open and ongoing as it awaits the results of ballistics and forensic analysis from the FBI as well as studies of fingerprint and DNA.

‘The sheriff’s office is releasing all files associated with our ongoing investigation,’ he said in the statement. Those files also include photos of ammunition from the set and examination reports. 

At a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when it went off, killing Hutchins and wounding the director, Joel Souza. They had been inside a small church during setup for filming a scene.

In a video taken by police later that day, Baldwin makes a few frantic calls as he awaits a meeting with law enforcement officials.

‘You have no idea how unbelievable this is and how strange this is,’ he says over the phone.

New Mexico workplace safety regulators last week issued the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 against the ‘Rust’ film production company.

New Mexico´s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau said Rust Movie Productions must pay $136,793, and distributed a scathing narrative of safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires on set prior to the fatal shooting.

The bureau also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unheeded and said weapons specialists were not allowed to make decisions about additional safety training. Rust Movie Productions has indicated it will dispute the findings and sanction.

Baldwin said in a December interview with ABC News that he was on set pointing the gun at Hutchins at her instruction when it went off without his pulling the trigger.

New Mexico workplace safety regulators last week issued the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 against the 'Rust' film production company

New Mexico workplace safety regulators last week issued the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 against the ‘Rust’ film production company

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