Gun handler on Alec Baldwin film was new to job -- and ‘nervous’ before cinematographer's death

The crew member tasked with handling weapons on the set of Alec Baldwin’s new movie, where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed, was new to the gig and doubted her capabilities. Hannah Reed, whose dad is stuntman and armorer Thell Reed, spoke last month on the “Voices of the West” podcast, about her hesitancy taking on her first role as head armorer on Nicolas Cage’s forthcoming first Western, “The Old Way.” “I was really nervous about it at first, and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready,” Reed said. “But doing it, it went really smoothly.” Reed also spoke a...

Alec Baldwin breaks silence after fatal shooting of crew member Halyna Hutchins

Actor Alec Baldwin publicly addressed the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins for the first time Friday, calling it a “tragedy” and saying he is cooperating with the investigation. “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,” he tweeted late Friday morning, a day after he discharged a prop gun during a movie shoot in New Mexico, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tr...

Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member in prop gun ‘misfire’ on New Mexico film set

Alec Baldwin fatally shot a movie crewmember with a “prop firearm" during a film shoot in New Mexico, authorities said Thursday. The shooting also injured the film's director, a county sheriff's office spokesman said late Thursday, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Baldwin was filming a scene for the movie “Rust" when the prop gun went off, said authorities. “There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of 'Rust' involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks," a spokesperson for Baldwin told told People. At around 1:50 p.m. local time, authorities responded to the Bonanza Creek Ran...

Cuomo lawyer wants independent review of sex harassment probe, calls AG James biased

ALBANY, N.Y. — Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s personal attorney wants new eyes on the sexual harassment allegations and investigation that ended his political career. Lawyer Rita Glavin unveiled a “formal submission” and complained Wednesday that her client was “ambushed” by Attorney General Letitia James during a virtual press conference live streamed from the disgraced Democrat’s campaign website. The 150-page document accuses James of political bias and improperly interfering with the independent investigation and subsequent report issued by her office that detailed multiple sexual harassment c...

Human remains found in search for Brian Laundrie in Florida

Human remains have been found at Florida nature preserve that may be connected to the death of Gabby Petito and the disappearance of Brian Laundrie. The partial remains were uncovered in an area that had previously been underwater. The remains were found near a backpack consistent with items Laundrie may have had when he disappeared in September, according to NBC News. “Further forensic analysis” will be conducted to identify the remains, a law enforcement official said. Hours earlier, the FBI located a number of Laundrie’s items on a trail in Florida after the his family told law enforcement ...

For the first time ever, Apollo Theater to host 2021 Soul Train Awards on Nov. 20

NEW YORK — For its 50th anniversary, “Soul Train” is headed Uptown. “The 2021 Soul Train Awards” will be taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Nov. 20, marking the first time the show will be based in New York City in its 34-year history. The star-studded ceremony — celebrating achievements in Black music — has aired from venues in the Los Angeles area (1987-2007), Atlanta (2009-11) and Las Vegas (2012-19). Last year’s event, the “2020 Soul Train Awards” — hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell — was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The awards show, launched in 1987, rec...

Thomas Jefferson statue gets evicted from NY City Hall by year’s end, panel rules

NEW YORK — A nearly 200-year-old statue of Thomas Jefferson that’s been a lightning rod for controversy for over two decades will be removed from the the City Council chambers by the end of the year, a design commission ruled Monday. The Public Design Commission voted unanimously to delay the decision on where the statue should be relocated, but stipulated that no matter where it goes, it should not be in City Hall after the New Year. “We have a victory,” said Councilwoman Inez Barron (D-Brooklyn), one of several elected officials who pushed for its removal. “I’m very pleased because we’ve ach...

Black Louisiana trooper who accused colleagues of murder in case of Ronald Greene says he was fired

The Louisiana state trooper who accused colleagues of murdering a man in an alleged cover-up said that he was fired from his position. In June, the ex-trooper, Carl Cavalier, said to WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge that he believed that troopers engaged in an internal cover-up to protect the officers responsible for Ronald Greene’s death. In May of 2019, Greene was killed after a police chase involving the Louisiana State Police. Greene’s family was first told that the he had died in a car crash, however, dashcam footage that was released this year showed that Greene was in fact beaten and tased by LSP...

‘Multiple injuries’ reported in shooting during high school football game in Alabama

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in a shooting that occurred during a high school football game in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday night. According to the Mobile Police Department, the gunfire broke out just before 10 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “Multiple injuries have been reported, and those victims have been transported to the hospital,” MPS said in a statement. At least one victim is suffering from a “life-threatening injury.” Local television station WALA-TV reported that the shooting led to a chaotic scene, with spectators running for the exits and players being ...

Pat Leonard: Washington email leaks are tearing down NFL’s impenetrable facade: ‘It’s only going to get worse’

Now we know why Tom Brady destroyed his cellphone. The quarterback’s DeflateGate investigation, the implied culpability of smashing his cellphone, and his four-game 2016 suspension were stains on his legacy. But wouldn’t it have been worse for Brady’s private text messages, emails and photos to be leaked and made public, after being handled by lawyers and league investigators? Jon Gruden deserved to be fired by the Las Vegas Raiders this past week for the racist, misogynistic and homophobic language uncovered in his emails with former Washington team president Bruce Allen and others. Jeffrey P...

FDNY announces first-ever anti-nepotism rules

NEW YORK — New York City's Fire Department has released its first-ever anti-nepotism policy, prompting eye rolls from critics who say “FDNY family” is more than just a feelgood catch phrase. The two-page policy was issued Thursday following a directive from the city’s Department of Investigation, which recently investigated two allegations of nepotism within the FDNY, officials said. In one of the incidents, investigators discovered that a chief fire marshal was supervising his brother, signing off on his timesheets and overtime requests, according to a DOI report obtained by the New York Dail...

Teen gets 9 years to life in Tessa Majors' fatal stabbing

NEW YORK — A teenage boy was sentenced Thursday to nine years to life in prison for his role in the botched robbery that ended in the deadly stabbing of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors. Luchiano Lewis, 16, pleaded guilty to murder and robbery on Sept. 21 in the December 2019 stabbing inside Morningside Park. During his guilty plea, Lewis told Judge Robert Mandelbaum that he and two school friends had planned to mug someone inside the upper Manhattan park that night. When their first attempt failed, Lewis said the group targeted Majors, 18, as she was jogging down a set of steps on W. 116...

Bill Cosby drugged and raped aspiring actress inside Atlantic City hotel decades ago, new lawsuit charges

Bill Cosby drugged and raped a young actress in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, hotel after promising to help boost her career — and even asked her to call him “Daddy,” a federal lawsuit charged Thursday. The sexual assault inside the Trump Taj Majal occurred in August 1990, after Cosby offered to mentor Lili Bernard as she tried to improve her show business prospects, the 14-page New Jersey Federal Court filing alleged. The court papers offered a terrifying account similar to those filed by dozens of Cosby accusers, with Bernard alleging she was drugged and then sexually assaulted. “Miss Bernar...

New lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate says he trafficked Russian woman to US

NEW YORK — A Russian woman says in a new lawsuit that sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein assaulted her early in 2019, in one of the few allegations to detail his crimes in the months before his arrest. Epstein, who died in August 2019 of an apparent suicide at a federal jail in Manhattan, lured the woman from her Moscow home with promises of a lucrative career and other opportunities, the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Thursday claims. The alleged victim, who at the time was in her 20s and is identified in legal papers only as Jane Doe, alleges a pattern of sex abuse that continued from 20...

Border Patrol officers find two young sisters alone near US-Mexico border in Arizona

U.S. Border Patrol officials are trying to reunite a pair of young sisters with their family after the two girls were found alone, wandering the area between the U.S. and Mexico border in Arizona. Agents found the girls, aged 4 and 6, in a marsh area near the Colorado River in Yuma. According to the U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector, the area “is an often used-crossing point by unaccompanied migrant juveniles.” “A Yuma Sector agent, concerned about their safety, quickly approached the young girls, and escorted them to safer terrain,” the post said, adding that the girls had a note that contained ...

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