New footage of Alec Baldwin firing prop guns and advising crew members about firearm safety on the set of Rust has been released NBC News A day before a grand jury will consider new involuntary manslaughter charges against the actor in connection with the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The five videos, about seven minutes long in total, show Baldwin rehearsing scenes while firing the weapons loaded with blank cartridges, and in two videos he tells some crew members to move for safety reasons. The videos were taken days before a gun held by Baldwin fired a live bullet, killing Hutchins and injuring “Rust” director Joel Souza.
According to NBC News, the videos are just a few of dozens of “Rust” set videos that special agents from the Santa Fe district attorney’s office obtained last month. On Oct. 17, prosecutors Kari Morrisey and Jason Lewis announced their intention to re-charge Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter after dropping the charge last April. If convicted, Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison.
Baldwin has maintained his innocence since he first spoke about the incident in an interview with ABC News in December 2021, arguing that he was told by assistant director Dave Halls that the gun had not been loaded and that he was at the I didn’t pull the trigger to fire. A forensic analysis of the weapon conducted by federal investigators revealed that the weapon could not be fired without pulling the trigger.
Halls did not object charged in March with misdemeanor careless use of a deadly weapon and must serve six months of unsupervised probation. The production’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, is also charged with involuntary manslaughter, to which she has pleaded not guilty. Gutierrez-Reed’s trial is scheduled to begin on February 21.