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Discrepancies emerge as Alec Baldwin defends ‘Rust’ production, armorer from reported on-set strife

Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for November 3 As the investigation into the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie " Rust " continues, clear discrepancies are emerging among crew members and producers like Alec Baldwin regarding the incident as well as conditions on set prior.

Baldwin, who was holding the gun that somehow fired a live round that resulted in the death of Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza , hasn’t said much about the shooting. He previously explained to photographers during an impromptu roadside Q&A that he has been asked not to speak about the incident as investigators are still trying to determine what happened and if any criminal charges will be filed.

However, he has shared a few brief comments on social media in which he seemingly denies culpability on behalf of the production for an allegedly rushed and corner-cutting set. He also seems to join those who believe assistant director Dave Halls is responsible for the incident. Halls was one of very few people, including armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who handled the gun prior to Baldwin discharging a real bullet.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the investigation will focus on the people who held the gun as well as figuring out how live rounds made their way to the set at all. According to a search warrant previously executed by the sheriff’s department, Halls noted during an interview with detectives that he should have checked the rounds in the gun better after being handed the gun by Gutierrez Reed, who also believed it was filled with dummy rounds incapable of discharging.

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Baldwin broke his Twitter silence shortly after these details came to light to retweet an article that was critical of Halls’ handling of the gun and the fact that he seemingly did not inspect the ammunition that was inside of it properly. Alec Baldwin spoke with reporters about the deadly on-set shooting on the movie "Rust." (Fox News Digital) Halls’ attorney, Lisa Torraco, joined Fox News’ Martha MacCallum for an interview on "The Story" where she addressed the inspection of the gun and couldn’t seem to lock down her client’s culpability.

"This idea my client grabbed the gun and handed it to Baldwin absolutely did not happen," she said but later backtracked and dodged questions about whether Halls handed the gun to Baldwin, despite McCallum asking whether Halls "doesn’t know if he handed the gun to Alec Baldwin."

While Halls was allegedly one of the last people to handle the gun before it went off and was indeed tasked with checking it prior to giving it to the actor, some believe that Gutierrez Reed may have dropped the ball as well. Her attorneys noted during an interview on the "Today" show Wednesday that she loaded the gun from a box of ammunition that was supposed to only contain dummy rounds. Somehow, neither she nor Halls realized live rounds […]

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