Alec Baldwin trial live updates: 1st witness testifies in ‘Rust’ involuntary manslaughter case

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July 10, 2024
Alec Baldwin trial live updates: 1st witness testifies in ‘Rust’ involuntary manslaughter case

Baldwin’s defense team said he was merely an actor handling a prop he was told was safe.

“It was obviously a tragic accident, but Alec committed no homicide,” his attorney Alex Spiro said in opening statements. “Alec took the gun from those charged with its safety. He did not tamper. He did not load it himself. He did not leave it unattended. It completed his costume and his character. It was an actor handling a prop and integrating it into the character of Harlan Rust.”

He said Baldwin’s mind was somewhere else — in another “century” as he brought to life his character in the Western film — and he relied on the “dedicated professional there off-camera whose sole sacred responsibility was that prop’s safety,” armorer Gutierrez-Reed, as well as safety coordinator Halls, who “let them down.”

Spiro made many references to Baldwin being “an actor,” including saying, “Mr. Baldwin was like every other actor. He goes ‘bang, bang’ in movies. He’s told when guns are cold, or not. He rehearses and acts as his character. Safety proceeds before the actor. Once the actor has the prop gun, he can handle it however a person he’s acting as would. A properly clear gun can’t hurt anybody.”

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