Alec Baldwin Disputes FBI Report, Says Once Again, ‘The Gun Was Never Cocked’
On Friday, Alec Baldwin took to social media to argue against the findings released by an FBI report on the deadly shooting of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
In a post on Instagram, the actor shared that “the hammer was pulled back as far as it could go WITHOUT cocking the gun,” and reiterated his claims that there was “no trigger pull.”
Baldwin’s comments came after ABC News’ article about the findings of the FBI forensic report confirming that the gun could not be fired without pulling the trigger while the gun was cocked.
“The most important part of this article is this first sentence,” the caption on Baldwin’s post read. “No one has ever maintained, on my part, that a cocked gun just went off without pulling a trigger. The gun was never cocked. Never. The hammer was pulled back as far as it could go WITHOUT cocking the gun. When released, it caused the gun to fire. Not cocked. No trigger pull. Pull back hammer only … and release. Who put the live round in the gun?”
In addition, the actor shared a screenshot about the news report, which read: “Baldwin has repeatedly said that he pulled back the gun’s hammer as far as he could without cocking the gun and released the hammer — but did not pull the trigger.”
During the “Saturday Night Live” star’s recent interview with former CNN host Chris Cuomo on his podcast, Baldwin repeated similar comments regarding not pulling the trigger.
“If you pull the hammer back far enough … the hammer didn’t lock … it would fire the bullet without you pulling the trigger,” Baldwin explained.
“The man who’s the principal safety officer of the set of the film declared the gun was safe when he handed it to me,” he added. “The man who was the principal safety officer of the film declared in front of the entire assemblage, ‘This is a cold gun.’”
“Now, why did he say that if he didn’t know and hadn’t checked?” he added. “The point is we were told everything was cool and you can relax and we are working with a gun that is safe to rehearse with.”
Late last year, Baldwin was involved in the accidental shooting of Hutchins on set of “Rust.” Baldwin was holding the firearm when it discharged a bullet.