This past Friday, Johannes Josephus Marinus Velterop, a liberal science publisher who has managed to get a verified account on Twitter, put forth that a supporter of former President Donald Trump was responsible for secretly planting live rounds in the prop gun that actor and co-producer Alec Baldwin fired while on the set of “Rust,” which ended up killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
This conspiracy theory from Velterop stated that a Trump supporter was seeking revenge on Baldwin for his making fun of Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” There was absolutely no evidence given for this theory and was spouted out to the public out of the blue.
“Might the prop gun have been secretly loaded with real bullets by a Trump supporter, to punish Alec Baldwin for his Trump parodies?” stated Velterop. “Should be a line of inquiry.”
Once Velterop started getting backlash for their baseless theory, they doubled down and went even further to state that Trump supporters were not acknowledging his entirely evidence-0free theory due to the fact that it is “too close to the bone.”
“Why is it only MAGA-types that vehemently dismiss this as one of the possible causes?” he posited. “Too close to the bone?”
“[By the way], I do hope it was just an accident, but it’s America after all,” they tacked on.
Why is it only MAGA-types that vehemently dismiss this as one of the possible causes? Too close to the bone?
Btw, I do hope it was just an accident, but it's America after all.
— Johannes Velterop ⓐⓊ 🇪🇺🇳🇱🇬🇧🇩🇪😷 (@Villavelius) October 22, 2021
In response to the theory, many users flagged the posts on the social media platform, but Twitter also doubled down and sided with Velterop, going on to say that the post “is not subject for removal under Twitter rules.”
Nice to know. pic.twitter.com/o9W2DGfdyT
— Johannes Velterop ⓐⓊ 🇪🇺🇳🇱🇬🇧🇩🇪😷 (@Villavelius) October 23, 2021
“Maggie Goll, a prop maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said in a statement that she filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark’ series in 2019 over concerns about assistant director Dave Halls’ behavior on set. Goll said in a phone interview Sunday that Halls disregarded safety protocols for weapons and pyrotechnics and tried to continue filming after the supervising pyrotechnician lost consciousness on set,” reported the Associated Press.
“Goll asserted that Hall eschewed holding safety meetings, repeatedly did not tell the crew there was a firearm on the set, and dismissed the actors numerous times before they had returned some weapons to the props table,” stated the Wire.
This past Friday, Baldwin put forth a statement about the incident.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” read the document. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family”
“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” he concluded.