Megyn Kelly weighs in on Alec Baldwin’s manslaughter charge

Alec Baldwin will likely be acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halena Hutchins on the set of “Rust,” spokesperson and former legal eagle Megyn Kelly said.

“My initial instinct is: There is not much prospect of success with a criminal charge,” Kelly said during Thursday’s episode of her SiriusXM show, “The Megyn Kelly Show.”

“I really don’t think there is,” she said.

“I’m not a huge fan of Alec Baldwin, but as a lawyer I don’t see that playing nicely with a jury,” Kelly said.

She added, “I think, though, that people will celebrate this to some degree because it is hated by people on the right.”

Kelly said that the outspoken liberal Baldwin was “bullying” against conservatives, particularly former President Donald Trump, whom the actor mocked for years on “Saturday Night Live.”

Kelly added that Baldwin was “smug” about shooting in October 2021, citing several media interviews the actor has given.

She then played a clip of Baldwin telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he “doesn’t feel guilty” about the shooting.

“There is someone responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is, but I know it’s not me,” a tearful Baldwin told Stephanopoulos in an interview conducted less than two months after the fatal shooting.

On her SiriusXM show Thursday, Kelly predicted Baldwin would face a lower charge.
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Kelly’s guests, hosts of the “Ruthless” podcast, agreed. “The man is a professional actor,” said one of the hosts, John Ashbrook.

“It’s a bit hard to believe in a serious interview,” Ashbrook said.

Kelly also offered Baldwin some PR and legal advice: “Shut up. Keep your mouth shut.”

Then it played a clip of Baldwin telling Stephanopoulos that he never pulled the trigger of the gun — a claim that was refuted by an FBI forensic investigation. The agency specified that the weapon could not be fired without pulling the trigger.

Kelly then played a video of Baldwin telling investigators on the day of the shooting: “I am the shooter today who was hit by a live bullet that went through that woman’s body and went inside.” [director Joel Souza’s] the body.”

“That line is going to be important,” Kelly said.

Baldwin was carrying a prop gun that came out of the shipment during the filming of the movie
Baldwin held a fired gun while filming “Rust” in New Mexico in October 2021.
Santa Fe County Sheriff

She believes Baldwin will eventually be charged with a lesser crime – negligent use of a deadly weapon. Kelly noted that David Holes, the assistant director who handed the gun to Baldwin before the shooting, pleaded guilty to negligence in using a deadly weapon.

“I think it would be cool to see how the jury reacts – if it gets that far – to having a guy like Alec Baldwin in front of them,” Kelly said.

“They tend to like celebrities.”

Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot during the filming of the movie.
Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot during the filming of the movie.

New Mexico prosecutors announced that Baldwin, 64, and the film’s creator, Hana Gutierrez Reed, will be charged “as a surrogate” — meaning a jury will decide whether to charge them with manslaughter or manslaughter in connection with a crime. legal act.

The maximum sentence for the first charge is 18 months, but because the second charge involves fortifying a firearm, both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reid will face a mandatory five-year prison sentence if convicted.

Baldwin’s attorney said Thursday that the actor plans to fight the charge, insisting, “We’re going to win.”

Baldwin vowed to fight the accusation, which New Mexico prosecutors announced Thursday.
Baldwin vowed to fight the accusation, which New Mexico prosecutors announced Thursday.

“This decision misrepresents the tragic death of Helena Hutchins and represents an appalling miscarriage of justice,” Luke Nicas, the “30 Rock” actor’s attorney, told The Post in a scathing rebuke of local New Mexico authorities.

Nikas said Baldwin was “shocked” by the accusations, and learned the news through the media.

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