Alec Baldwin has been seen for the first time since vowing to fight the involuntary manslaughter charges brought against him by Rust prosecutors for the fatal shooting on the set.
The 64-year-old star has been keeping a low profile since the announcement on Thursday – but made a panicked dash into a car from his Manhattan apartment on Friday morning.
He was later seen going into an office building in New York where he tried to cover his face with letters after emerging from the vehicle.
It is the first time he has been out in public since the announcement that he and Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed would be charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Halyna Hutchins.
Hilaria, 39, left their luxury apartment building in Manhattan this morning with several of their children – clutching two coffees.
He was later seen going into an office building in New York where he tried to cover his face with a document
The star used letters to cover his face as he entered the building, as his entourage ushered him inside
Alec Baldwin has been seen for the first time since vowing to fight the involuntary manslaughter charges brought against him by Rust prosecutors – diving into the back of a car outside his Manhattan apartment
She wore a green Mayfair Group sweatshirt with ‘EMPATHY’ – worth $108 – emblazoned on the front, as she looked pale and donned large dark glasses to cover her face.
Just yesterday, she was seen wearing a beige hoodie with ‘HUMAN’ embroidered on the front, glaring and looking stony-faced as she collected her children from their driver on Thursday.
Before the announcement, she was all smiles, dripping in diamonds as she left on Thursday morning, clutched her cell phone in one hand with a coffee cup.
Wearing a faux-fur bomber jacket, her signature leather-look workout leggings, and oversized sunglasses, the mother-of-seven finished her look with a pair of $300, pearl and rhinestone-encrusted slippers from Spanish brand Alameda Turquesa.
Wearing a black suit, the star covered his face as he entered a building in Hells Kitchen
His wife Hilaria attempted to talk to the press as her husband made a dash for another car, in a bid to avoid the media
Baldwin also tried to hide behind his escort as he entered the building from his black SUV
It is the first time he has been out in public since the announcement that he and Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed would be charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Halyna Hutchins
Hilaria, who married the Oscar-nominated actor in 2012, was spotted earlier on Thursday – before charges were announced – taking their children to school.
As she left to collect them later that afternoon, her expression had notably changed.
It comes as sources say the production of Rust will still take place despite the charges, with Baldwin in the leading role.
Joel Souza will return to his role of director, with on-set safety supervisors and union crew members.
Lawyers for Baldwin say that he will contest the charges, insisting he cannot be held responsible for the prop guns on set, which were the responsibility of armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
The film’s assistant director, Dave Halls, pleaded guilty to negligence and received a six-month suspended sentence.
Hilaria wore a green sweatshirt with ‘EMPATHY’ – worth $108 – emblazoned on the front, as she looked pale and donned large dark glasses to cover her face as she was escorted to her car
She left their luxury apartment building in Manhattan this morning with several of their children – clutching two coffees
Baldwin has not been seen since the announcement that he and Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed would be charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Halyna Hutchins
Baldwin is seen in costume, covered with fake blood, in an image posted to Instagram
Mary Carmack-Altwies, the Santa Fe prosecutor, tore into him Baldwin while announcing the charges, saying ‘an actor doesn’t get free pass’ as she insisted he did pull the trigger on the gun that killed Hutchins.
Prosecutors say that they are ‘confident’ that they will obtain convictions, with special attorney Andrea Reeb adding: ‘We felt very confident that it was going to be a criminal case pretty close to the beginning, once we started looking at everything.
‘I’m sure he was confident he wasn’t going to get charged. But he isn’t above the law and he is somebody who committed a crime, and we’re going to hold him to the law, hold him accountable.’
Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on October 21, 2021, by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust
The Massachusetts-born wife of Alec Baldwin did her best to ignore the waiting photographers
Hilaria Baldwin was seen stony faced yesterday as she left their Manhattan apartment hours after her husband was charged with involuntary manslaughter
He and Gutierrez-Reed are facing a maximum of 18 months in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
If they are also convicted of a firearm enhancement on that charge, they will face a mandatory five-year prison sentence.
In a statement, Baldwin’s attorney said: ‘This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun — or anywhere on the movie set.
In a statement, Baldwin’s attorney said: ‘This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice.
‘Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun — or anywhere on the movie set.
‘He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.’
Carmack-Altwies told CNN they concluded Baldwin did pull the trigger – and that he ran a ‘fast and loose set’ that was plagued with safety issues.
The 39-year-old is seen on Thursday morning, before the charges were announced
The 39-year-old ignored the waiting photographers as she left her home, in sparkling slippers
‘There was such a lack of safety and safety standards on that set. There were live rounds on set, they were mixed in with dummy rounds.
‘Nobody was checking those or at least they weren’t checking them consistently.
‘They somehow got loaded into a gun, handed off to Alec Baldwin, he didn’t check it, he didn’t do what he was supposed to do to make sure he was safe or make sure anyone else was safe.
‘He pointed the gun at Halyna Hutchins and he pulled the trigger,’ she said.’
She said a ‘totality of the circumstances’ led to the decision, adding: ‘This was a really fast and loose set. And that nobody was doing their job.’
Her appearance comes after Mickey Rourke sprung to Alec’s defence, insisting there was ‘no way in hell’ he should face charges over the on-set shooting of the Rust camerawoman.
Rourke, 70, who in 2016 appeared on Baldwin’s podcast, said it was wrong to prosecute the Oscar-nominated actor.
Mickey Rourke (left) on Thursday insisted that his friend Alec Baldwin (right) should not be charged over the October 2021 shooting of camerawoman Halyna Hutchins
Alec Baldwin is seen on October 21, 2021, after speaking to investigators about the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin’s phone is now being sought by the team probing Hutchins’s death
Posting on Instagram, he said: ‘I usually never put my 2 cents in about what happens on someone’s movie set.’
‘It’s a terrible tragedy what happened to a cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
‘But no way in hell actor Alec Baldwin should be charged with any negligence whatsoever.’
Baldwin, who has since liked Rourke’s post, insists he is not responsible for the shooting, pointing out that he trusted the firearms professionals who were employed on-set. His attorney said he expects to be cleared.
Rourke claimed it was wrong to expect Baldwin to manage the gun safety aspects of the set.
Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (center) died after being shot by Baldwin during a rehearsal on October 21, 2021 in New Mexico
The gun from the set of Rust, which was accidentally fired, killing Hutchins
‘Most actors don’t know anything about guns especially if they didn’t grow up around them,’ he continued.
‘Alec didn’t bring the gun to the set from his house or his car, when weapons are involved on a movie set, the guns are supposed to he handled only by the ‘weapon armor’.
‘In some cases the 1st AD might pass a gun to an actor, but most of the time the gun is handed to the actor directly by the ‘gun armor’.
‘There’s what ‘armor’s job is on the set. To have an expert around any type of dangerous weapon.’
Rourke said actors could then either ‘dry fire the gun’ or check the barrel themselves.
He said the decision to charge Baldwin was ‘terribly wrong’ adding: ‘I am sure Alec is already suffering enough over what happened. But to lay a blame on him is terribly terribly wrong.’