As of Sunday, actor Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, deleted their verified Twitter accounts. Many have since connected the action to the tragic shooting that took place on the set of “Rust” — a low-budget film that Baldwin was acting in and producing — on Oct. 21.
While filming the movie, the gun Baldwin was holding discharged a live round, hitting both the director, Joel Souza, and the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. Souza merely suffered an injury after being hit in the shoulder, but Hutchins died after suffering a shot to the chest.
Baldwin then filmed an interview with ABC regarding the incident on Thursday, and three days later, both he and his wife deleted their Twitter accounts. The connection to the “Rust” incident and subsequent ABC interview seems logical for many people.
However, the Rust shooting is far from the only controversy Baldwin has found himself in the middle of this past week.
On Friday, a piece of evidence submitted in the United States v. Ghislaine Maxwell directly connected Baldwin to Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier accused of various sex crimes, including many involving underage girls.
Maxwell is currently on trial, facing charges related to her alleged complicity in Epstein’s crimes.
The piece of evidence in question — Government Exhibit 52 — was an annotated copy of Epstein’s “little black book,” a directory containing a long list of names, numbers and addresses for Epstein’s many friends, associates and acquaintances.
A long list of prominent celebrities was included in the book, among them was Alec Baldwin.
This was all revealed on Friday, a mere two days before Baldwin and his wife deleted their accounts.
In addition to Baldwin, contact information for various other celebrity figures can be found within the “little black book,” including Ralph Fiennes, David Blaine, Ivanka and Ivana Trump, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Evans, Dustin Hoffman, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson and Chris Tucker.
A copy of the directory with various entries redacted in order to protect the identities of potential underage victims of Epstein can be viewed below.
Many affluent businessmen are among the listed names as well.
These include David Koch, Mike Bloomberg, Peter Cohen, Flavio Briatore, Steve Forbes, Rupert Murdoch, Ronald Perelman (the businessman, not the actor), Peter Soros (the nephew of George Soros) and Robert Trump (the brother of Donald Trump).
In addition, the names of politicians from countries across the world can be seen in the directory, including prominent world leaders.
Those names include former President Donald Trump, former Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Prince Michael of Yugoslavia and entries for the “Duchess” and “Duke of York.”
In summary, the book showed the incredible influence and long list of personal connections Epstein had with global elites, among which was one Alec Baldwin.
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