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Alec Baldwin Claims He Is 'Exonerated' From 'Rust' Fatal Shooting Investigation

Alec Baldwin Claims He Is 'Exonerated' From 'Rust' Fatal Shooting Investigation

Alec Baldwin is making a claim about his involvement in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his movie, Rust.

The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau’s investigation published their findings about the incident, and Alec Baldwin has responded via his attorney with a statement.

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“We are grateful to the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau for investigating this matter. We appreciate that the report exonerates Mr. Baldwin by making clear that he believed the gun held only dummy rounds. Additionally, the report recognizes that Mr. Baldwin’s authority on the production was limited to approving script changes and creative casting,” the statement reads.

Mr. Baldwin had no authority over the matters that were the subject of the Bureau’s findings of violations, and we are pleased that the New Mexico officials have clarified these critical issues. We are confident that the individuals identified in the report will be held accountable for this tragedy.”

The OSHB report found that the production company had not developed any process to make sure live rounds were not present on the movie set, violating industry safety standards, via Variety.

Rust Movie Productions was fined $136,793 for safety violations, the maximum possible amount.

“Management was provided with multiple opportunities to take corrective actions and chose not to do so. As a result of these failures, director Joel Souza and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins were severely injured. Halyna Hutchins succumbed to her injuries,” the OSHB report also said.

A lawyer for the movie’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said in a statement that “OSHA found that Hannah Gutierrez Reed was not provided adequate time or resources to conduct her job effectively, despite her voiced concerns. Critically, OSHA also determined that production failed to call Hannah in to perform her armorer duties and inspect the firearm right before its use in the impromptu scene with Baldwin.”

Alec Baldwin is among several people who are still being sued by Halyna Hutchins‘ family in a wrongful death suit.

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