Almost a year after the fatal shooting incident in which the actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot the photographer Lena Hutchins and injured the director of the film "Rust", the findings of the FBI investigation now state that, despite his claims, Baldwin was indeed the one who pulled the trigger of the gun that shot her to death.
The findings of the investigation refute Baldwin's claim that he was not the one who pulled the trigger of the gun from which the fatal shot was fired and that it is impossible for the bullet to have been ejected without someone pulling the trigger.
Helena Hutchins, the photographer who was accidentally killed, photo: AFP
"The trigger was not pulled. I would never point a loaded gun at someone and shoot," Baldwin said in an interview with ABC after the fatal incident, which, as I recall, claimed the life of Hutchins in New Mexico on the set of a movie starring Baldwin, who also served as a producer.
During a rehearsal for one of the scenes, Baldwin received a gun from the assistant director who declared it a "cold gun", but it is known that the gun was loaded and the bullet discharged from it caused her fatal injury and finally the death of Hutchins and the serious injury of the film's director.
It was also reported that legal documents showed that there was no conclusive proof that live ammunition was knowingly and intentionally loaded into the guns on the set.
Based on all the information gathered, including the lack of deliberate intent to cause harm or death, Hutchins' death was ultimately ruled an accident.
Aerial shot of the set of the movie "Rust", where actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cameraman, photo: Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal
This fatal incident was one of several that occurred on the set.
According to reports, a few days before the fatal shooting, another serious incident of accidental shooting happened on the same set.
On the day of the incident that resulted in Hutchins' death, seven employees resigned in protest of the many safety deficiencies.
Actor Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone after accidentally shooting a camerawoman to death on the set of the movie "Rust", photo: AP.
In an interview he gave after the shooting incident, Baldwin emphasized that although he would have done everything in his power to turn the wheel back, he does not feel guilty.
"Someone is responsible for what happened," he declared, "but it's not me."
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