Just days after giving an emotional interview about the Rust shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Alec Baldwin and his wife have deleted their Twitter accounts.
As of Sunday night (American time), users searching for the @alecbaldwin Twitter account have been met with a message reading “This account doesn’t exist.” By Monday, morning, users searching for his wife, Hilaria Baldwin’s, account were met with the same message.
Baldwin has used his account to share public statements about the fatal incident since the shooting took place on 21st October 2021. His other verified Twitter account, @alecbaldwin__, which the actor calls his “a social media phantom limb,” is still up and running. Before last night, the account hadn’t been posted on since prior to the shooting. However, last night a news article about American politics was shared on the account.
The Twitter account for the Baldwin foundation @ABFalecbaldwin has also been deleted.
The move is puzzling, considering that both Baldwin and his wife are still active on Instagram. Last night Baldwin published a single post about a senator’s death on his account. Hilaria continued to post on Instagram, similarly to how she normally does, with multiple videos of her children.
The deactivation of the social media accounts came shortly after Baldwin gave a tearful interview on ABC News over the Rust shooting. During the interview, Baldwin said that he had “no idea” how a live bullet got onto the set and that he didn’t pull the trigger.
“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” Baldwin told interviewer George Stephanopoulos.
The shooting allegedly happened while the crew was rehearsing a scene that starred Baldwin. It’s been reported that Baldwin was practicing a scene where he aims a gun at the camera for maximum effect.
During the rehearsal, a bullet was dislodged. When it discharged, it killed the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded its director, Joel Souza.
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