Alec Baldwin texted widower of cinematographer he shot and killed suggesting gun loaded in SABOTAGE


Alec Baldwin sent a series of text messages in the days and weeks following the fatal Rust shooting to the widow of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was killed, suggesting an act of sabotage might have been the cause.

The details are contained in 551 pages of documents released by a New Mexico sheriff’s office on Friday as part of his investigation into the fatal shooting on the set of Western movie Rust.

A state prosecutor is still deciding whether to press criminal charges.

The details of text messages from Baldwin’s phone are contained midway through the report after a search warrant for the device was issued.

Alec Baldwin, 64, sent a series of text messages in the days and weeks following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins to her widow. Pictured, Baldwin on the set of Rust

Alec Baldwin, 64, sent a series of text messages in the days and weeks following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins to her widow. Pictured, Baldwin on the set of Rust

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was accidentally shot and killed by Baldwin on the set of a western

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was accidentally shot and killed by Baldwin on the set of a western

In the days and weeks following the shooting, Alec Baldwin texted Matt Hutchins to tell him of a possible 'sabotage' angle. He and wife Halyna are pictured in photos from her Facebook page

In the days and weeks following the shooting, Alec Baldwin texted Matt Hutchins to tell him of a possible ‘sabotage’ angle. He and wife Halyna are pictured in photos from her Facebook page

Two days after the fatal shooting, Baldwin messaged Matt Hutchins, Halyna’s husband, in a series of texts over the following weeks. 

The shooting, clearly weighing on Baldwin’s mind, sees him message Matt once again as he states that both he and Halyna ‘believed the gun was empty,’ according to the report.

The following week, Baldwin messages him about a potential ‘sabotage angle,’ the report states.

‘Important for you to keep in mind: The Santa Fe Sheriff’s office may lack both the skill and the will to properly investigate the sabotage angle,’ Baldwin messaged.

‘I’m told their agenda is to write off as an accident and throw it to the civil courts. And yet, the more that is presented to me about certain anomalies on that day, the more open minded I become. I dismiss the sabotage claim initially. But not know. I hope these NM have the sense to follow it through.’

Actor Alec Baldwin, 64, met up with Halyna Hutchin's husband Matt and their son, Andros, just two days after the shooting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, pictured above

Actor Alec Baldwin, 64, met up with Halyna Hutchin’s husband Matt and their son, Andros, just two days after the shooting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, pictured above 

The shooting, clearly weighing on Baldwin's mind sees him message Matt Hutchins, top right, once again as he states that both he and Halyna, left, 'believed the gun was empty,' according to the report.

The shooting, clearly weighing on Baldwin’s mind sees him message Matt Hutchins, top right, once again as he states that both he and Halyna, left, ‘believed the gun was empty,’ according to the report.

On Friday, Baldwin could be seen going about life as normal as he was pictured in New York City running errands, passport in hand, as he went into the DMV

On Friday, Baldwin could be seen going about life as normal as he was pictured in New York City running errands, passport in hand, as he went into the DMV

Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin are spotted for the first time since Alec filed multiple lawsuits regarding the Rust film set shooting on Friday

Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin are spotted for the first time since Alec filed multiple lawsuits regarding the Rust film set shooting on Friday

The Baldwins could be seen doing their best to evade the cameras on Friday afternoon

The Baldwins could be seen doing their best to evade the cameras on Friday afternoon 

Baldwin appeared every inch his 64 years as he walked hunched over into the DMV on Friday

Baldwin appeared every inch his 64 years as he walked hunched over into the DMV on Friday

When Matt Hutchins asked Baldwin who informed him about the ‘agenda’, Baldwin states multiple attorneys told him.

Two days after the shooting, the report documents how Baldwin messaged his assistant advising: ‘I have to delete my archive,’ noting, ‘There is no further details on the meaning of this message.’

Baldwin was ‘referring to his Twitter archive, which he has long considered deleting,’ according to his attorney, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, states how Baldwin ‘fully cooperated with the investigation and turned over his phone with all records, including all records from the day of the incident, to the Suffolk County Police,’ Nikas said in a statement to ABC News.

‘After reviewing the records, police then turned them over directly to the Santa Fe County Sheriff, unless the records reflected privileged communications or were irrelevant to the Rust movie,’ Nikas elaborated. ‘He fully preserved all records related to Rust and turned them over to the authorities nearly a year ago.’

The report also sees Baldwin texting with an investigator on the case last November asking if the film’s armorer or assistant director had instructed anyone to self-inspect the weapons.

Baldwin states he was never instructed to perform self-checks. He later asks if there is any possibility that he will be charged.

On Friday, Baldwin could be seen going about life as normal as he was pictured with his wife in New York City running errands, passport in hand, as he went into the DMV.

Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico after he was questioned about a shooting on the set of the film

Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico after he was questioned about a shooting on the set of the film

A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in Santa Fe following the October 2021 killing

A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe following the October 2021 killing

Last year, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin said he did not believe he would face any criminal charges in the accident.

‘I’ve been told by people who are in the know, in terms of even inside the state, that it’s highly unlikely that I would be charged with anything criminally,’ he stated.

Among other documents released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office were accounts of interviews with witnesses including text messages and emails from crew and cast members sometimes detailing chaotic and acrimonious conditions on set prior to Hutchins’ death on October 21, 2021.

The documents still offer no conclusive answers on how live ammunition got onto the movie set and into a replica Colt .45-caliber revolver that was fired by Baldwin and killed Hutchins.

Baldwin was handed the gun during a rehearsal at a ranch outside Santa Fe. A live round hit her and movie director Joel Souza, who survived.

Baldwin is among up to four people who may face criminal charges for the death of the cinematographer, New Mexico District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in September. Carmack-Altwies’ office had no comment on Friday.

Actor, Baldwin, has denied responsibility for Hutchins’ death and said live rounds should never have been allowed onto the set of the low-budget movie.

In this image from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Alec Baldwin stands in costume and speaks with investigators following a fatal shooting last year on the movie set

In this image from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Alec Baldwin stands in costume and speaks with investigators following a fatal shooting last year on the movie set

In police interviews and lawsuit filings, the film’s armorer, first assistant director, prop supplier and prop master all denied culpability for the shooting.

New Mexico’s worker safety agency in April fined the film’s production company the maximum amount possible for what it described as ‘willful’ safety lapses leading to Hutchins’ death.

An FBI report said five live bullets were found on a props trolley and in a bandolier and holster near the movie-set church where Hutchins was shot.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said it will release more files on the case by December 20.

Three weeks ago, the local district attorney’s office said it will conduct a ‘thorough review of the information and evidence to make a thoughtful, timely decision about whether to bring charges.’

It is still unclear when and if charges might be filed.

Last week Baldwin has filed a lawsuit against four people involved in the film saying they were negligent in providing him with a gun that discharged. Pictured, this aerial photo shows part of the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Last week Baldwin has filed a lawsuit against four people involved in the film saying they were negligent in providing him with a gun that discharged. Pictured, this aerial photo shows part of the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Last week Baldwin has filed a lawsuit against four people involved in the film saying they were negligent in providing him with a gun that discharged.

The suit sees Baldwin suing film’s armorer and props assistant, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed; assistant director David Halls; props master Sarah Zachry; and Seth Kenney, who supplied guns and ammunition to the film set.

In his suit, Baldwin accuses Gutierrez-Reed of failing to verify that a Colt revolver he was using in rehearsal was safe. The suit also states that Halls failed to check the weapon before he declared it safe and handed it to Baldwin, and that Zachry failed to ensure that weapons used on the New Mexico set were safe.

All those named in the suit have denied any culpability.

Baldwin’s complaint follows a suit filed against him and others on the set last year by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell over their alleged role in the shooting that caused her great emotional distress. 

Baldwin last month reached a civil settlement with Hutchins’ family, details of which have not been disclosed. 

In his own lawsuit, Baldwin accuses armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed of failing to verify that a Colt revolver he was using in rehearsal was safe.

In his own lawsuit, Baldwin accuses armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed of failing to verify that a Colt revolver he was using in rehearsal was safe.



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