Alec Baldwin took to social media Friday and hit back against the recent findings in an FBI report about the fatal shooting on the set of his movie “Rust” that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead.
In a post on Instagram, the 64-year-old actor shared that “the hammer was pulled back as far as it could go WITHOUT cocking the gun,” and that once again, there was “no trigger pull.” The comments came following ABC News’ article that the FBI forensic report found the gun could not be fired without pulling the trigger while the gun was cocked, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
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.”
“The most important part of this article is this first sentence,” the “Beetlejuice” star shared. “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,” he added. “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,” Baldwin continued. “Pull back hammer only…and release. Who put the live round in the gun?”
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.”
In October 2021, the “30 Rock” star was involved in the shooting of Hutchins on the New Mexico film set of his movie “Rust.” The firearm Baldwin was holding discharged a bullet, as reported.