Alec Baldwin Says Rust Investigation ‘Exonerates’ Him of Wrongdoing

Posted 2022/04/22 8 0

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Alec Baldwin has released a statement claiming OSHA’s investigation shows he’s not legally responsible for the deadly on-set accident.

The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OSHA) has completed its investigation into the deadly accident that occurred on the set of the film Rust in October 2021. Taking to social media, producer and star Alec Baldwin released a statement announcing that OSHA’s findings “exonerate” him of wrongdoing in this situation. It was concluded in OSHA’s report that Baldwin believed that the prop gun given to him was loaded with dummy rounds and the actor hadn’t personally violated protocol.

There had been speculation that Baldwin could still be held accountable as a producer on the film. However, his work as a producer was “limited” to creative decisions, and the safety protocols that needed to be enforced on the set were not Baldwin’s responsibility. It all means that, as far as OSHA has concluded, Baldwin is not at fault for the accident. The actor and his lawyers also say they’re confident that justice will be brought to those who are responsible. From his Instagram post:

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“We are grateful to the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau for investigating this matter. We appreciate that the report exonerates Mr. Baldwin by making clear that he believed the gun held only dummy rounds. Additionally, the report recognizes that Mr. Baldwin’s authority on the production was limited to approving script changes and creative casting. Mr. Baldwin had no authority over the matters that were the subject of the Bureau’s findings of violations, and we are pleased that the New Mexico officials have clarified these critical issues. We are confident that the individuals identified in the report will be held accountable for this tragedy.”

The state of New Mexico has also slapped the Rust producers with the maximum penalty possible for the Rust safety lapses that resulted in Halyna Hutchins’ death and director Joel Souza’s injuries. The fine doled out to the production company is said to be $139,793. As noted in the report, the fine comes after the “safety coordinator was present on set and took no direct action to address safety concerns. Management was provided with multiple opportunities to take corrective actions and chose not to do so.”

Alec Baldwin Still Faces a Civil Suit

Alec Baldwin will still need to head to court to address the deadly Rust tragedy. Halyna Hutchins’ widower has named Baldwin as a defendant along with many others involved with the film with a wrongful death lawsuit. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the set armorer, is another name listed as part of the wrongful death lawsuit. Her legal team has also released a statement acknowledging OSHA’s investigation findings.


“OSHA found that Hannah Gutierrez Reed was not provided adequate time or resources to conduct her job effectively, despite her voiced concerns,” the statement read. “Critically, OSHA also determined that production failed to call Hannah in to perform her armorer duties and inspect the firearm right before its use in the impromptu scene with Baldwin.”


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