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Alec Baldwin: Video footage released by police shows an actor rehearsing with a gun before shooting Rust

Police have released new video footage of Alec Baldwin rehearsing with a gun hours before the fatality began rust Filming last October.

On Monday (April 25), it was reported that the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office had released audio and video evidence as part of the investigation into the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after the mock revolver Baldwin was holding shot a live round on the film set in New Mexico. Director Joel D’Souza was also injured in the shooting.

Footage of Baldwin, taken before Hutchin’s death, shows him drawing a revolver and pointing it twice at the camera during a rehearsal.

In addition to the video clip, investigators also released their interviews with key witnesses and body cam footage of deputy sheriffs responding to the Oct. 21 Bonanza Creek Ranch shooting.

The investigation records and materials were released after multiple media requests, the sheriff’s office said.

Below are text messages from rust Props master Sarah Zachry sent three days post-shooting claiming Baldwin prefers to use real props, including guns and knives, to film.

“Alec never liked fakes like guns and even the rubber knife,” Zachry wrote, adding, “He always wanted his real gun.

Additional video footage shows Baldwin being led into an interrogation room by investigators after the incident. During the interview, which lasts more than an hour, Baldwin builds a weapon with his fingers several times.

At the end of it, the 30 rocks The actor can be seen cradling his face.

The late “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins photographed at the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception at Cafe Terigo on January 28, 2019 in Park City, Utah

(Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie)

Interviews with the film’s gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, assistant director David Halls and gun supplier Seth Kenney were also released Monday (April 25).

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said in a statement that “various components of the investigation are pending” — such as the results of the FBI’s ballistics and forensic analysis, as well as fingerprint and DNA studies — six months after the shooting.

“Once these investigative components are provided to the sheriff’s office, we can complete the investigation and forward it to the Santa Fe District Attorney for review,” Sheriff Mendoza’s statement said.

While Baldwin has denied any wrongdoing and liability for the filming, Hutchins’ family, 42, have sued him over the wrongful death of the Ukrainian cameraman.

Last week, an investigation by the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau concluded that Rust Movie Productions was aware that safety procedures were not followed during filming of the western. The state Labor Inspectorate fined the production company $139,793 (£107,076), which detailed a series of safety deficiencies that went against standard industry protocols.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/alec-baldwin-rust-shooting-video-b2065411.html Alec Baldwin: Video footage released by police shows an actor rehearsing with a gun before shooting Rust

JOE HERNANDEZ

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