Piers Morgan has responded to the news that Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins.
On Thursday (Jan. 19), it was announced that Baldwin is one of three cast and crew members to be charged with accidentally killing Hutchins on the film’s set. Rust in 2021.
Baldwin’s attorney has issued a statement UKTN in response to the news, called it “a horrible miscarriage of justice” that “twists the death of Halyna Hutchins”.
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Morgan was one of the first public figures to respond to the news, speaking about the allegations on Thursday night’s (Jan. 19) episode of Piers Morgan Uncensored.
The former Good morning Great Britain presenter seemed to welcome the charges against Baldwin.
“There was no doubt it was an accident, but Halyna Hutchins died leaving behind a grief-stricken husband and young child and the person holding the gun that fired a bullet and killed her was Alec Baldwin,” Morgan said.
“It was he who did that, who put a bullet into his colleague’s body and killed her. No one else’s hands were anywhere near the gun.”
The 57-year-old continued, “Since that tragic day, Baldwin has been the epitome of Hollywood arrogance.”
Morgan accused Baldwin of “getting on board.”[ing] on a sad, self-pitying PR tour, which felt cynical to make people feel like he was just as much a victim as the woman he killed.”
He has repeatedly expressed indignant denial of responsibility to his millions of followers on social media and in a succession of television interviews.
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Morgan then broadcast footage of a December 2021 interview that Baldwin gave UKTN newsin which the actor says he does not feel guilty about the incident.
“No, no,” says Baldwin in the interview. “I feel like someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
Commenting on the clip, Morgan said: “No guilt at all, even though he was literally holding the gun that fired the bullet that killed this woman. Not an ounce of personal responsibility, accountability or guilt.”
Morgan also showed footage of an interview Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies gave to the press, stating that as part of their investigation into the case, they spoke to “many actors, A-list and otherwise, who have said they always check their guns, or they have someone check it for them, so an actor doesn’t get a pass just because he’s an actor.”
Morgan agreed with the prosecutor’s comments, adding, “I hear that from actors too. They all check. If they fire a firearm on a movie set in any capacity, they are all checking for their own good, let alone anyone else’s. There is no live ammunition or anything wrong with this weapon they are using.”
He concluded, “Alec Baldwin has been talking a lot, a lot of self-protective talk, a lot of spinning around, a lot of denial of any accountability or accountability.”
Hutchins’ husband called the allegations a “comfort for the family”.
“We support the allegations, will cooperate fully with this prosecution and fervently hope that the justice system works to protect the public and hold those who break the law accountable,” said Matt Hutchins.