Filming on the upcoming “Rust” movie has resumed after charges against Alec Baldwin were dropped in relation to the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Hutchins died on Oct. 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s prop pistol fired a real bullet, killing her and injuring another.
Baldwin has consistently maintained his innocence in the shooting, denying that he ever pulled the trigger.
A source told ABC News that an autopsy conducted on the firearm found that it was “mechanically improper.”
The firearm reportedly had “worn joints” and a faulty trigger control, which could have caused the gun to fire without putting pressure on the trigger.
After prosecutors dropped all charges against actor Alec Baldwin in the fatal shooting on the “Rust” movie set, a source tells ABC news that it came after investigators conducted an autopsy on the weapon. @mattgutmanABC has more. https://t.co/zoAPI0svGZ pic.twitter.com/i8FkWw3RG8
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) April 22, 2023
This contradicts a previous report from the FBI which declared that the gun “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger.”
In either case, prosecutors have clarified that the new findings do not vindicate Baldwin, and the case is still under investigation.
Only a day after the charges were dropped, Baldwin was spotted in Montana where the Western movie “Rust” will now be filmed.
In the film, Baldwin plays the character of an outlaw named Harland Rust, who goes on the run with his estranged 13-year-old grandson after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher, according to IMDb‘s description of the plot.
Photos obtained by the Post show Baldwin dressed in character as Harland, complete with his leather boots, gray shirt and pants, black vest, and an orange bandana around his neck.
The shirt appeared to have fake blood stains on both of the cuffs.
Other photos show Baldwin alongside a horse wearing a cowboy hat and overcoat, with a bandolier strapped around his chest underneath.
One photo in particular has drawn significant attention as it shows him holding a rifle by its barrel.
Alec Baldwin keeps a prop rifle on the Rust set when filming resumes after his death.https://t.co/LMrzqDucpa
— BLOGDADY.COM (@com_blogdady) April 22, 2023
According to ABC, a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 3. Baldwin has waived his right to appear at the hearing.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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