Alec Baldwin goes shopping in Vermont week after fatal on-set shooting
Downcast Alec Baldwin goes clothes shopping in small Vermont town a week after he fatally shot cinematographer: Star and fellow producers failed to get worst-case scenario insurance policy for Rust
- Baldwin was spotted with his kids and his wife in Manchester, Vermont, doing some clothes-shopping
- The 30 Rock star covered his eyes while wearing a face mask as he left a Ralph Lauren clothing store
- Baldwin resurfaced in New England after not being seen for days following last week’s on-set tragedy
- Baldwin and his co-producers declined to buy completion bond, a form of insurance used to guard against a film not being completed
- He has been cooperating with police in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the probe into the shooting continues
- Baldwin was filming his Western movie Rust when he accidentally shot and killed Halyna Hutchins, 42
- There was a live round in the gun he was using; sheriff’s deputies still don’t know how it got to the set
- Sheriff Adam Mendoza said Wednesday that ‘no one has been ruled out’ of facing criminal charges
Alec Baldwin and his family were spotted in Vermont on Thursday – a full week after the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of his new movie Rust in New Mexico.
The 63-year-old actor was seen clothes-shopping in a small town in the small town of Manchester, Vermont, which lies about 60 miles northeast of Albany, New York.
The sighting of Baldwin and his family in New England comes as it was revealed on Thursday that the Rust producer and his team declined to purchase an insurance package that protects them from horrific instances that prevent the film from being completed.
Alec Baldwin was spotted on Thursday doing some clothes-shopping in the small town of Manchester, Vermont
The 63-year-old actor covers his face as he leaves the store in Manchester, Vermont, on Thursday
Baldwin was spotted in Vermont a full week after the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of his new movie Rust in New Mexico
Baldwin was seen wearing a blue mask over his face. The Long Island native who is best known for his roles in the hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock and his Donald Trump impersonations on Saturday Night Live wore a plaid shirt and dark pants
Baldwin was seen wearing a blue mask over his face, according to Fox News.
The Long Island native who is best known for his roles in the hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock and his Donald Trump impersonations on Saturday Night Live wore a plaid shirt and dark pants.
Baldwin has apparently been in Manchester, Vermont since Monday, when he was seen on foot picking up a takeout order of Italian food from a local restaurant.
The Rust producer and his team declined to purchase a completion bond, a common form of insurance that Hollywood studios buy in case of some catastrophic event that prevents projects from being finished.
According to The New York Times, Baldwin and his five fellow producers paid the insurance giant Chubb for a package that covers a range of potential problems, including damage to equipment, injury to cast and crew, and even a death on the set.
The 63-year-old actor was stony-faced as he collected a mountain of take-out food for him and his six children. He was accompanied by a nanny, and his wife Hilaria was also nearby but was not photographed
Alec Baldwin is shown in a northeast town over the weekend with his wife and kids. He was spotted carrying a large take-out food order for the family, as police in Santa Fe continued to investigate the shooting
Baldwin is cooperating with the authorities and has also spoken to Halyna Hutchins’ family
But the producers declined to purchase the more expensive completion bond, which usually costs about 2 percent of a film’s budget.
Hollywood observers expressed shock that Baldwin’s production firm, El Dorado Pictures, declined to secure a completion bond.
The film, which had an operating budget of about $6.5million, was financed through the preselling of distribution rights as well as by investments from wealthy outsiders.
On Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies in New Mexico said they ‘didn’t know’ his ‘current whereabouts’.
Baldwin has been cooperating with the ongoing police investigation into the shooting, and has also been in contact with Hutchins’ family.
As he bunkers down with his wife and kids, investigators in Santa Fe, New Mexico – where the shooting happened – continue to interview witnesses.
On Thursday morning, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adam Mendoza told Good Morning America that he still has not been able to determine who brought live ammunition onto the set of Rust, the Western movie Baldwin both stars in and is producing.
Alec Baldwin is pictured with Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. The production started shooting on October 6. Hutchins died on October 21
‘As far as we understand, live rounds should not be on set. The key questions we’re focusing on is how the live rounds ended up on set, who brought them on set and why they brought them on set. We haven’t… we’ve got some initial statements. There was close to 100 people total on set. Interviews are continuing.
‘Everybody we’ve spoken to knows that live rounds should not be on set and why they were there is going to be the main question,’ he said.
Assistant director Dave Halls admitted to investigators that he didn’t check every barrel of his gun but ‘should have’ before he handed it to him on the set of Rust last week, and that he only looked at three of the five chambers in the weapon.
Halls’ bombshell admission is in a search warrant that was unsealed by the Sante Fe County Sheriff’s department and issued on Wednesday afternoon.
It contains details of Halls’ interview with the cops, and what Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told them too.
Halls said Gutierrez-Reed, 24, handed him the weapon and ordinarily opens it, ‘spins the drum’ to show him the ammo and he declares it safe.
Dave Halls told cops that he ‘should have checked’ all of the gun’s chambers ‘but didn’t’ before he handed it to Alec Baldwin last Thursday, new search warrants have revealed
A portion of the interview between Halls and sheriff’s deputies that was released on Wednesday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department
On Thursday however, he said he ‘couldn’t remember’ if she spun the weapon, and that he could only remember seeing three dummy bullets, identified by hole in the side of their cartridge.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told police that the guns were kept in a safe that few people had access to
‘David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds.
‘He advised he should have checked them all but didn’t and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,’ the search warrant says.
Baldwin was handed the gun and it fired in the direction of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza. Hutchins died and Souza was hospitalized.
Afterwards, Halls brought the gun back to Gutierrez-Reed and told her to open it for him.
The warrant also describes how Hannah Gutierrez-Reed described there never being ‘any live rounds’ on set.
‘Hannah advised that she checked the ‘dummies’ and ensured “they were not hot rounds”.
‘She said as the crew broke for lunch, the firearms were taken back and secured inside a safe on a prop truck on set.
‘During lunch, she said the ammo was left on a cart on the set and not secured.
‘After lunch, [property manager] Sarah Zachary pulled the firearms out of the safe inside the truck and handed them to her.
‘She advised there are only a few people that have access and the combination to the safe.
‘Hannah advised that she handed the gun to Alec Baldwin a couple of times, and also handed it to David Halls. Hannah said no live ammo is ever kept on set.’
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza speaks during a press conference at the Santa Fe County Public Safety Building on Wednesday
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