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Alec Baldwin’s Lawyer Responds to FBI Report Finding Baldwin May Have Pulled Trigger in ‘Rust’ Shooting

Published on August 16th, 2022 | Updated on August 16th, 2022 | By FanFest

Nearly a year after the fatal shooting on the set of Rust, the FBI released a forensic report about the incident. In their report, they determined that the gun that was discharged on the set, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, could not have been fired without someone pulling the trigger. Now, a lawyer for Alec Baldwin has released a statement about what this report means for him.

Entertainment Tonight obtained a copy of the FBI’s forensic report, which determined that the gun involved in the shooting — a .45 colt caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver — “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger.” The report also stated that the hammer of the gun couldn’t be pulled without a trigger. Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, said that the FBI’s report was ‘misconstrued.’

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“The critical report is the one from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident. This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe,” Nikas’ statement read. “The FBI report is being misconstrued. The gun fired in testing only one time –without having to pull the trigger — when the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places. The FBI was unable to fire the gun in any prior test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.”

Baldwin previously told Good Morning America in December 2021 that he did not pull the trigger of the prop gun that eventually discharged, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. He said during the interview, “Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.” Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos then questioned, “So you never pulled the trigger?” Baldwin replied, “No, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never.”

Baldwin is being sued because of the October 2021 incident. The police are investigating the situation and Baldwin may have to go to court because of it.

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