Alec Baldwin made the set of the film “Rust” unsafe, New Mexico prosecutors say


New Mexico prosecutors accused Alec Baldwin of helping to make the set of the Western film “Rust” unsafe by having “no control” over his emotions before shooting a cameraman – and alleged that the actor and his His legal team's attempts to bring the case to the state against him were fraudulent and manipulative.

Prosecutors said Baldwin, 66, has evaded responsibility since a prop gun in his hand was fired during an informal rehearsal on Oct. 21, 2021, killing Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

The allegations laid out by special prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis in a filing released Monday indicate that prosecutors intend to take strong action against Baldwin, who was indicted by a grand jury in January on involuntary manslaughter charges. Baldwin's trial is scheduled for July in Santa Fe and he has pleaded not guilty.

Morrissey and Lewis accused Baldwin's lawyers of making “false or misleading” statements as they pushed for the charges to be dismissed.

Prosecutors had already dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin last year “pending further investigation,” but warned that the charge could be refiled. In the most recent filing, they described their decision to temporarily drop the charges as a sign of goodwill while their investigation continued.

On Monday, Morrissey wrote that she and Lewis had experienced “contrived and unwarranted personal attacks” from Baldwin “for more than a year” as well as “nearly countless lies and manipulation” from the actor's legal team.

Lawyers representing Baldwin did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Tuesday, but previously called the allegations against him “misguided” and argued that Baldwin was not at fault because he had been told that the gun was not loaded with live bullets.

In her youngest In the filing, prosecutors, citing witness testimony, painted a picture in which Baldwin's alleged “relentless rushing of the crew” and erratic behavior on set helped turn the set into an unsafe environment where people cut corners, which was devastating had consequences.

The actor “frequently yelled and swore at himself, the crew members, or no one, and not for any particular reason,” Morrissey claimed.

The filing marks the latest chapter in the long-running legal saga surrounding Hutchins' death. “Rust” gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last month and is scheduled to be sentenced April 15 after her attempts to challenge her conviction were unsuccessful.

Prosecutors have alleged that Gutierrez-Reed brought live ammunition on set and accidentally loaded it into the .45 Long Colt revolver that Baldwin then used during rehearsal, killing Hutchins. Baldwin has claimed he never pulled the trigger.

Morrissey and Lewis accused Gutierrez-Reed of negligence, but accused Baldwin of failing to realize that the 24-year-old “wasn't up to the task.”

I filed a petition with the court last month The actor's lawyers, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, called for the charges against Baldwin to be dismissed The Prosecutors “publicly dragged Baldwin through the cesspool created by her improprieties—without regard to the fact that serious criminal charges have been hanging over him for two and a half years.”

“This is an abuse of the system and an abuse of an innocent person whose rights have been utterly trampled on,” they wrote.

The prosecution's filing details interactions between Baldwin, his legal team and the prosecution over the past year.

Morrissey wrote that after offering Baldwin “a very favorable plea agreement” in October, she learned from a reporter that Baldwin's lawyers had shared the confidential terms of the plea and were launching a campaign to deflect attention from future plea hearings. She said she then discovered that Baldwin had commissioned a documentary about Hutchins and was “actively pressuring key witnesses in the case” to take part in it. “At this time, the plea offer was withdrawn and the case was scheduled for the grand jury,” she wrote.

Morrissey also shed light on what led to the initial dismissal of the charges last April. She said Nikas argued that the hammer on the revolver Baldwin used on the day of the Rust shooting – which had undergone a forensic audit by the FBI – could have been modified. Morrissey then said she agreed to dismiss the case against Baldwin to save the actor from having to pay lawyers “to defend him at the preliminary hearing, only to later have the case dismissed when forensic tests revealed that the hammer was the weapon had actually been changed.”

But Morrissey accused Baldwin of feigning confusion over the conditions under which the case was dismissed, saying forensic testing ultimately “concluded that the trigger of the gun had to be pulled for the gun to fire on the 21st.” October 2021″ and that “the alleged modification to the hammer was simply damage caused by the FBI hitting the hammer so many times that it eventually damaged the hammer and trigger.”

Samantha Chery and Herb Scribner contributed to this report.