SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO: Newly obtained videos reveal how Alec Baldwin handled at least one prop gun and interacted with crew members on the set of “Rust,” days before the fatal shooting of the director photography Halyna Hutchins.
Footage obtained by NBC News shows Baldwin shooting guns, acting in character and expressing concern for the crew’s safety.
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Alec Baldwin’s concern for Halyna Hutchins
In one of the videos, Baldwin appears to care about someone who is supposed to be cinematographer Halyna Hutchins or “Rust” armor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
He tells him to move away from his target, saying, “I don’t want to shoot in your direction.” I want to shoot near you.
In one of the videos, Baldwin appears to show concern for someone believed to be Hutchins (Getty Images)
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The videos are among dozens that New Mexico special prosecutors requested from “Rust” Movie Productions LLC in the spring but did not receive until October, according to a source familiar with the case, NBC reports.
New videos could be shown to grand jury
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The source further told the publication that all five videos could be presented to the grand jury that was scheduled to meet Thursday, Nov. 16, to consider re-indicting Baldwin for manslaughter.
The judge postponed it during a teleconference hearing Wednesday, a source familiar with the matter said.
The decision to bring potential charges to a grand jury comes after New Mexico prosecutors dismissed the manslaughter charge against Baldwin in April.
The decision to bring potential charges to a grand jury comes after New Mexico prosecutors dismissed the manslaughter charge against Baldwin in April. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
In the third video, Baldwin says, “We should have had two guns and both reloaded.”
After running out of cartridges at one point, he says, “One more, one more, one more” and “Right now, right now, let’s reload.”
Before the clip ends, he says, “We should have had two guns and both reloaded.” » In another video, he worries about the cameraman who tells him: “You’re fine.”
Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez Reed (right) faced two counts of manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (left) (Halyna Hutchins/Instagram, Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC, Hannah Gutierrez/Facebook)
Baldwin’s defense and prosecutors’ intent
Baldwin maintained in interviews that he did not pull the trigger and that the weapon was declared “cold,” with no live ammunition.
Prosecutors have not publicly revealed what new evidence they obtained during their months-long investigation.
But the publication citing sources familiar with the matter said special prosecutors had discussions in which they hoped the trial would “humiliate” Baldwin.
The source added that the intention is for this to be a “teachable moment” for Baldwin.
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