Baldwin had two verified Twitter accounts, according to Fox News. But the one he deleted was the one he used to make statements about the shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust.” (The one he deleted was @AlecBaldwin. The one that remains is @AlecBaldwln____.)
Baldwin’s representatives have yet to respond to Fox’s request for comment as to why Baldwin deleted the account.
Alec Baldwin Deletes Twitter After Tell-All Interview
In Baldwin’s tell-all ABC interview, he claimed that he was acting at Hutchins’ direction and that he never pulled the trigger of the gun. When it went off, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her, Baldwin had just let go of the hammer of the gun, he said.
“She’s guiding me through how she wants me to hold the gun for this angle,” Baldwin said. “I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up being aimed right below her armpit. So, I take the gun and I start to cock the gun. I’m not going to pull the trigger. And I cock the gun. I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’ And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off. I let go of the hammer of the gun – the gun goes off.”
In a lawsuit filed last month, the script supervisor on “Rust,” Mamie Mitchell, charged Baldwin with “playing Russian roulette” with the gun when he pointed it at Hutchins. That was one of two civil lawsuits thus far to name Baldwin as a defendant. (Baldwin was a producer on the film as well as its star.)
However, Baldwin insisted he was pointing the gun “in a direction she wanted,” meaning Hutchins. And he said someone other than him is responsible for Hutchins’ death. He said he doesn’t know how live ammunition wound up in the gun.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” he said.
Legal Experts Say Interview ‘May Backfire’
It’s unclear why Alec Baldwin deleted his Twitter account. But as he faces two lawsuits, he may be seeking to contain the damage that his public comments could cause for him legally.
“His statements can and will be used against him in the civil lawsuits and any potential criminal prosecution,” former assistant U.S. attorney Neama Rahmani told Yahoo Entertainment. “And Baldwin’s attorneys can’t use the interview to help him because his answers are hearsay. At best, the interview was a calculated public relations move” and one “that may backfire.”
Another attorney told Yahoo that Baldwin took a major gamble by staking out a public position on how the gun went off without knowing what the police investigation found. Baldwin’s P.R. team was likely trying to get out ahead of the results of said investigation and sway public sympathy his way, lawyers told Yahoo.
The gun is reportedly under scrutiny at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. Twitter account or no, Baldwin can only hope investigators confirm his account of what happened. Otherwise, those two civil suits may be just the beginning of his troubles.