Actor Alec Baldwin, who recently shot and killed a cinematographer and wounded another person on the set of his film “Rust,” was lambasted on social media Tuesday after he complained about workplace violence.
In particular, Baldwin was responding to a viral video clip in which former NFL player Brendan Langley bloodied a United Airlines worker who refused to back down from him.
“The guy working at the airport is the victim. He came to work to do a job,” Baldwin said. “The other guy, with his big mouth, is guilty of workplace abuse, where people come to work with an expectation of safety, even civility. This a**hole who hit this guy should be put on a no-fly list.”
Here is the video:
Airport security searching for these hands at the gate pic.twitter.com/wbriG16KVO
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 22, 2022
Needless to say, Baldwin opened himself up for loads of abuse.
“A man who (accidentally) shot and killed his co-worker at work is lecturing us on WORKPLACE SAFETY? Ffs.” Pierce Morgan noted on Twitter.
Brigitte Gabriel responded, “Alec Baldwin shouldn’t comment on anything ESPECIALLY workplace violence.”
Alec Baldwin shouldn’t commenting on anything ESPECIALLY workplace violence!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 24, 2022
“Sir, you shot and killed someone at YOUR workplace. Please sit this one out,” Wendy Osefo said.
Another said: “Alec Baldwin, you should have sat this one out. Workplace safety is not your area of expertise.”
Baldwin has not been formally charged for the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film. New Mexico, the site of the filming, fined the movie production company to the tune of nearly $137,000, the maximum fine, for firearms safety failures, the New York Post reported.
While the actor has denied responsibility for the shooting, however, the sheriff leading the investigation said Baldwin is “not off the hook” from criminal charges.
“What we had, based on our investigators’ findings, was a set of obvious hazards to employees regarding the use of firearms and management’s failure to act upon those obvious hazards,” the bureau chief for occupational safety, Bob Genoway, told The Associated Press.
In addition, the AP confirmed earlier reporting that David Halls, an assistant director, gave Baldwin the large-caliber revolver without first consulting with the on-set weapons specialist. Halls was also the safety coordinator, but neither he nor other on-set managers properly looked into two additional misfirings of rifles while on the set.
“The Safety Coordinator was present on set and took no direct action to address safety concerns,” the report noted. “Management was provided with multiple opportunities to take corrective actions and chose not to do so. As a result of these failures, Director Joel Souza and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins were severely injured. Halyna Hutchins succumbed to her injuries.”