Alec Baldwin Lawyers Deny He Was 'Reckless' As Shooting Animation Video Released

Alec Baldwin's lawyers have denied claims that the actor and producers on the set of Rust were "reckless" in the events that led to Halyna Hutchins' death, after an animation video of her fatal shooting was released by the late cinematographer's family.

Hutchins' family on Tuesday released a video detailing how they believe Baldwin shot and killed her on the New Mexico film set on October 21, 2021. At the time, a gun the actor and producer was handling discharged, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. Baldwin has contended that he did not pull the trigger.

The newly released video shows a CGI recreation of Baldwin sitting on a church pew before pulling the trigger of a Colt .45 revolver and aiming it toward Hutchins. It then shows her collapsing to the ground after being hit by the bullet.

Later, a narrator in the video breaks down the exact moment when Hutchins was shot and provides details about how the production team allegedly failed to implement safety standards on set.

Included in the almost 10-minute video are animations of text messages and email screenshots from various crew members alleging that weapons safety was a "massive" problem throughout production of the movie.

Among other allegations in the video is a claim that Baldwin "refused" appropriate training before the fatal shooting.

Hutchins' family has sued Baldwin, as well as others at the helm of the film, alleging wrongful death. The suit alleges that "reckless behavior" and "cost-cutting" led to Hutchins' fatal shooting.

Responding to the lawsuit and video, Baldwin's legal team shared a statement with Entertainment Tonight stating that Baldwin would have been assured at the time that the gun did not contain any live ammunition as it was the responsibility of the production's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed.

Additionally, the gun was handed to Baldwin by assistant director David Halls, who yelled "cold gun" at the time, indicating that it did not contain any live ammunition.

In the statement, the lawyers said that Baldwin, Hutchins "and the rest of the crew relied on the statement by the two professionals responsible for checking the gun that it was a 'cold gun'—meaning there is no possibility of a discharge, blank or otherwise."

According to the lawyers, the protocol "has worked on thousands of films, with millions of discharges, as there has never before been an incident on a set where an actual bullet harmed anyone."

They stated that "actors should be able to rely on armorers and prop department professionals, as well as assistant directors, rather than deciding on their own when a gun is safe to us."

"Any claim that Alec was reckless is entirely false," the statement continued.

Alec Baldwin and Halyna Hutchins
Lawyers for Alec Baldwin (L) have denied accusations from the family of Halyna Hutchins (R) that he and other producers engaged in "reckless" activity on the set of the movie "Rust." On October 21, a gun that Baldwin was handling on the New Mexico set discharged, leading to the death of cinematographer Hutchins. Jim Bennett/Getty Images;/Mat Hayward/Getty Images for AMC Networks

In addition to Baldwin, the lawsuit names seven producers—Ryan Smith, Emily Salveson, Allen Cheney, Anjul Nigam, Nathan Klingher, Matthew DelPiano, and Ryan Winterstein—as well as crew members Sarah Zachry, assistant director Halls, armorer Gutierrez Reed, Gabrielle Pickle, and Seth Kenney, among others.

The suit accuses those in charge of the production of hiring inexperienced and unqualified armorers and safety crew members, having the armorer double as an assistant props master, employing "unreasonably rushed" production schedules.

"Everyone's hearts and thoughts remain with Halyna's family as they continue to process this unspeakable tragedy," the statement for Baldwin and the Rust production continued. "We continue to cooperate with the authorities to determine how live ammunition arrived on the Rust set in the first place."

In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in December 2021, Baldwin alleged that the gun discharged without him pulling the trigger. He also insisted he was not responsible for Hutchins' death.

As part of the continuing investigation, Baldwin in January handed over his phone to authorities.

"Rust" set
An equipment truck arrives at the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Ranch where the film "Rust" was filming, on October 29, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The low-budget Western on which Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, in a tragic accident was running behind schedule after crew members walked off the New Mexico set in protest over low pay and poor conditions. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images