(FeaturedNews) – Anatoly Androsovych, father of Halyna Hutchins, recently shared his thoughts surrounding what transpired on the Rust set the day his daughter was killed. Like many, he is not sure there is much truth to actor Alec Baldwin’s side of the story.
Androsovych Questions Baldwin’s Claims
Despite Alec Baldwin’s claims that he did not pull the trigger the day he shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, her father stands by his view that holding the gun automatically makes Baldwin responsible. During an interview with The Sun, Hutchins’ father, Anatoly Androsovych, explained that, “it is clear to me Baldwin fired the shot from his hand so it’s hard for me to understand how he cannot be held partly responsible.” Androsovych is adamant that Baldwin cannot honestly claim to take no responsibility for the outcome of the incident, even if it was completely accidental with no malicious intent on his part, as he was the only one touching the gun at the time that the shooting occurred.
Baldwin appears to genuinely believe that the gun went off completely by accident, a situation that is nearly impossible, and Androsovych is not buying this claim.
Androsovych Questions Baldwin’s Social Media Choices
Baldwin posted several Tweets related to the incident that were quickly deleted, which Androsovych also questioned the integrity of. Androsovych mused, “why did he sweep out his Tweets when it became clear the shooting was on rehearsal,” suggesting that the content of the original Tweets may not have aligned with information that came out later. Rather than simply removing the Tweets, Androsovych implied that addressing them and any discrepancies would have been a more credible option for Baldwin.
A search of Baldwin’s phone also revealed that Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film’s armorer, exchanged several emails discussing what type of weapon to use. Although plenty of work appears to have gone into selecting a weapon that looked authentic, the same care was not taken surrounding working to ensure that everyone who would be handling it had a thorough understanding of how to use it safely.
Androsovych Does Not Necessarily Place Baldwin Completely at Fault
That being said, Androsovych is not necessarily placing the entire blame for the incident on Baldwin. His insistence that Baldwin be held “partly responsible” leaves room for his potential consideration of various theories that have emerged surrounding possible foul play, especially regarding other members of the crew. Some believe that Baldwin may have been set up by another crew member who wanted to create a situation that looked like an accident, such as by interfering with the gun in advance, which would make the incident neither completely an accident nor completely Baldwin’s fault.
Many Mistakes Complicate Determining Blame Difficult
However, even a setup could have been avoided had Baldwin received more training on how to properly handle the gun. Many mistakes were made regarding the handling and storage of weapons on the Rust set, which attests to the overall negligence and lack of preparation of the crew. Weapons were handled carelessly and not stored or checked consistently, and the assumption by multiple people on set that Baldwin’s gun was not loaded suggests an inappropriately lax attitude toward the safe handling of the movie’s “props.”
The incident will likely lead to new regulations surrounding how weapons are handled on set to prevent future accidents that are at least partially related to negligence. Although such policies will not bring Androsovych’s daughter back, they will go a long way toward holding crews accountable for knowing how to safely handle and store weapons on set to avoid wrong assumptions and possible mishandling.
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