Alec Baldwin filed legal papers claiming Halayna Hutchins has partial responsibility for her own death.
Hutchins was the up-and-coming Hollywood cinematographer who was killed in October when Baldwin shot her while filming Rust.
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In the latest court filing, Baldwin stated that his contracts with the Rust production shield him from any financial responsibility for the shooting. His document also added that Hutchins was the one who told Baldwin were to aim the gun he used to fire the fatal shot.
The filling stated Hutchins “directed Baldwin to hold the gun higher, to a point where it was directed toward her.
She was looking carefully at the monitor and then at Baldwin, and then back again, as she gave these instructions.”
“In giving and following these instructions, Hutchins and Baldwin shared a core, vital belief: that the gun was ‘cold’ and contained no live rounds,” the document says.
Also, according to the document, it was Hutchins who instructed Baldwin to pull back the hammer. Furthermore, it wasn’t Baldwin’s responsibility to check the firearm he was handed because the movie’s guns were under the authority of the set armorer.
Baldwin stated that he didn’t pull the trigger and killed Hutchins. The actor stated that he was the only one targeted because he had a lot of money.
The 63-year-old actor stated that he bears no responsibility for the tragedy, and Hutchins dismissed that claim.
“The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me,” Hutchins told “Today” last month.
“But gun safety was not the only problem on that set,” Hutchins added. “There were a number of industry standards that were not practiced, and there are multiple responsible parties.”