Though Alec Baldwin was willing to sit down last Thursday for an in-depth interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about the fatal shooting on the set of his latest movie, “Rust,” it appears he may now feel he’s said too much. The actor deleted one of his verified Twitter accounts on Sunday — the same account on which he first posted his statement of “shock and sadness” about the death of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin has a second account, but he has not used it since Oct. 19. As first detailed in The Hollywood Reporter, other Twitter accounts associated with Baldwin are also limiting who can engage with them.
“[The other accounts] have also gone dark or been set to private,” the outlet reported Monday, “with the account of the actor’s foundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) and his wife’s account (@HilariaBaldwin) restricting access to approved followers only since early November following Baldwin retweeting ‘Rust’ crew member Terese Magpale Davis’ statement denying an unsafe work environment on the production.”
During his interview with Stephanopoulos, Baldwin insisted that he did not pull the trigger on the revolver that killed Hutchins, but said instead that he had the gun cocked, and when he let the hammer down, it misfired.
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled,” Baldwin replied when the Good Morning America anchor asked him about the incident. He then went on, “I didn’t pull the trigger…I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger. Never, never … I let go of the hammer. Bang, the gun goes off.”
The 63-year-old also said he doesn’t feel guilt over Hutchins’ death because, “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me.”
Many legal experts have expressed surprise that Baldwin gave an interview while the investigation into Hutchins’ death is still ongoing. Rachel Fiset, managing partner of a firm in Los Angeles, commented to Fox News, “His admissions that someone is to be blamed – but not him – could also potentially be used against him later in either a civil or criminal case if it is determined that he had some responsibility for set safety as a major producer of the film.”
Former assistant U.S. attorney Neama Rahmani told Yahoo Entertainment that, from a legal perspective, Baldwin’s interview was “a mistake.”
“His statements can and will be used against him in the civil lawsuits and any potential criminal prosecution,” said Rahmani, who is now president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, adding “And Baldwin’s attorneys can’t use the interview to help him because his answers are hearsay.” At best, Rahmani concluded, the interview was a “calculated public relations move” that may “backfire.”
Finally, a former prosecutor told Newsweek that because Baldwin has admitted that his memory of the incident is murky, “That’s a strong reason not to make any statements much less go on national television.”