Dina's Dirt for December 3, 2021

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Last night, Alec Baldwin sat down with “ABC News’” for his first TV appearance since the “Rust” set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The actor was visibly emotional at several points during the interview, but noted that he didn’t want to make himself look like a victim. At the same time, he said he doesn’t feel regret over the shooting, since he’s convinced he’s not responsible.

-As we previously told you, Baldwin insists he didn’t pull the trigger on the gun that fatally shot Hutchins. That claim is backed up by Assistant Director Dave Halls, whose lawyer Lisa Torraco says Halls instructed Baldwin from day one not to pull the trigger or even have his finger on it. How's that work? Apparently, he had cocked the revolver, pulling the hammer back, and then released it. That's when the weapon discharged. Here’s a look at what else Baldwin had to say during the interivew:

-Recalling the moment before the gunshot, Baldwin says Hutchins was instructing him on how to position and cock the gun. He had pulled the hammer back, and when he let go… that’s when he says the gun went off.

-Baldwin says that when Hutchins fell to the ground, he thought maybe Hutchins had fainted...as he hadn't even considered that she'd been struck by a projectile. That's because he was under the impression it was a “cold gun” when it was handed to him.

-It wasn’t until close to an hour later that he learned he’d fired a live round that ended up killing Hutchins. That pic of the actor crying outside the set? That’s from the moment he found out what really happened, and went to call his wife, Hilaria.

Katy Perry did really well on "Giving Tuesday!" Because of her cover of The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love," $100K was given to "Baby2Baby," which provides children living in poverty with the basic necessities such as diapers and clothing that every child deserves. "GAP" was also to thank for this. Perry said on Twitter, “Pleased as punch that so many of you streamed my All You Need is Love track on @Spotify. Because of it, @Gap will be donating $100k to @baby2baby #GivingTuesday.”

Day four of Jussie Smollett’s trial featured testimony from both Osundairo brothers. As we told you, Abimbola – or Bola – had been on the stand the day before and was finishing up yesterday. And he and his brother, Olabinjo – or Ola—finished, the prosecution rested their case. Bola claimed that while he’d obtained drugs for Jussie, he didn’t sell them to him. That came up because back in 2019, texts surfaced between Jussie and one of the brothers about scoring marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. They claimed that the actor would pay for the drugs on either PayPal or Venmo and called the transactions “personal training.” Bola was also asked about sexual tension between him and Jussie, which he denied. Ola was questioned about alleged homophobia, which he denied. Judge James Linn called the line of questioning “collateral” in front of the jury, indicating it didn’t have any relevance to the crime Jussie was on trial for because it was from a past event. When the lawyer asked for a sidebar. During the conversation, the judge physically lunged at one of them. That’s when they asked for a mistrial, which was denied. The prosecution rested its case. You can see more at the “New York Post”

While we’re not sure exactly where Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck will be spending the holidays, we know where her ex will be. According to “Us Weekly,” Alex Rodriguez will be with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis, and their two daughters, 17-year-old Natasha and 13-year-old Ella. “It’s like they’re one big happy family when they’re together,” the source explained. And Alex gets along well with Cynthia’s new husband, Angel Nicolas. “[The men’s] relationship has turned into a friendship — they support each other. There’s no bad blood there.”

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Mariska Hargitay was able to use kindness to get a situation under control during a shoot in New York City. The best part? You can see it all on video at the “New York Post.” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” was filming in Washington Square Park earlier this week when a random man’s singing threatened the scene. The actress also known as Olivia Benson politely went up to the man and said, “Your singing was beautiful — but we’re just trying to get the shot. Is it okay if you don’t sing when we say, ‘Action?’” The man – who realized something was going when he noticed everyone started filming their conversation – said, “Are you famous?” When she was like, “Well, yeah. I guess so,” he told her he’d stop if she’d give him an autograph when it was over. She agreed, but he was gone by the time it was over.

Last night, Alec Baldwin sat down with “ABC News’” for his first TV appearance since the “Rust” set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Here’s more from his interview with them:

-We previously reported that George Clooney called the deadly mixup “insane,” saying he’s always abides by pretty rigorous safety protocol when dealing with guns on set, including checking and rechecking the gun himself. Baldwin says he was taught differently, that it’s the responsibility of the armorer or crew’s weapons specialist.

-With regard to actors including Clooney, who've made remarks such as that, Baldwin calls them unhelpful. And for actors making comments about how Baldwin handled the gun, the actor noted, “Good for you.”

-Baldwin says there were “issues” on set as far as safety – and about those who said they'd left the production days earlier? Baldwin claims they had only complained about their living accommodations.

-With regard to the claims made by camera assistant Lane Luper that safety protocol was “fast and loose” on set, Baldwin says he heard a different story when he met with Luper the day before they quit. He doesn’t remember hearing anything about safety, just complaints about needing “better hotel rooms.”

Tyra Banks is in hot water – again – over the allegedly toxic environment behind the scenes of “America’s Next Top Model.” She’s accused of paying contestants $40 per day. Sarah Hartshorne, who competed on the show during 2007’s cycle nine, has taken to Twitter with the allegations. She says not only were contestants given just $40 per episode with no residuals, they also had to pay for their own food. This is far from the first time the show has come under fire. So far, Banks hasn’t commented on the allegations.

If Alex Cooper is to be believed, Kim Kardashian may be in for more than she bargained for dating Pete Davidson. According to “The Blast,” the host of the “Call Her Daddy” podcast said that while she’s never actually been with him, one of her friends did. “Let’s just say it’s a [freaking] disaster,” Alex said. For the record, the “Saturday Night Live”-er’s ex, Cazzie David, appeared on the show earlier this year. Alex has several theories as to why Kim would go from Kanye West to Pete. One involves Kris Jenner pushing the situation to distract everyone from Travis Scott’s Astroworld tragedy. “No one is talking about Astroworld anymore. And where does Pete fit in? I think Pete is enjoying his time. I think he is enjoying the content and pops into ‘SNL’ every week and is like ‘everyone wants to know my new bit,’ and he has one because he’s constantly going around with new women every five seconds,” she noted. For the record, none of Alex’s claims have been validated.

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Last night, Alec Baldwin sat down with “ABC News’” for his first TV appearance since the “Rust” set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Here’s more from his interview with them:

-As for his future, Baldwin - who says he's set to roll on his next film in January - he noted that he can’t imagine himself ever doing another movie involving guns.

-As you might recall, we previously reported that lawyers for the armorer Hannah Guiterrez-Reed suggested someone tried to sabotage the set. Baldwin says it’s “overwhelmingly likely” it was actually an accident, but at the same time says “someone is responsible for what happened” – but not him.

-We've also told you about reports of multiple lawsuits from former crew members pending related to the “Rust” shooting. Apparently, there are two confirmed. Baldwin noted that he finds the lawsuits “unsettling,” especially since they were filed before Hutchins’ husband Matthew had the chance to sue and get a settlement from the limited insurance fund. So far, Hutchins hasn’t revealed if he’s suing, but Baldwin says he would be “stunned” if he didn’t.

Aariel Maynor has been arrested for allegedly killing Jacqueline Avant in a home invasion gone horribly wrong in Beverly Hills. As we told you, she was the wife of recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clarence Avant. According to authorities, Aariel was caught in a Hollywood Hills backyard about an hour after shooting the 81-year-old. He was apparently trying to break into another house when he shot himself in the foot with an AR-15. Neighborhood surveillance helped them connect him from the crime in Hollywood to the murder at the Avant home. Maynor was recently released from prison after serving four years for second-degree robbery with enhancements for a prior felony conviction in November 2018. At this point, authorities aren’t sure whether or not the attack on the Avant home was random or if Maynor knew the family. You can see more at “TMZ.”

Sharon Osbourne is putting “National Enquirer” on blast for fat-shaming her daughter Kelly Osbourne. Kelly had taken to her Instagram story to share an email she purportedly got from the tabloid, where they asked her to comment on a story where they said she’d “put on a tremendous amount of weight” after “dealing with stress of her relapse by eating.” Kelly says she deals with comments like that “on a daily basis.” It’s especially upsetting since she says it’s been “the hardest year of [her] life” after relapsing. But now, she’s happy and healthy, and says “that’s all that should matter.” Meanwhile, Sharon has come to Kelly’s defense on Twitter. “Kelly has had a particularly bad year [and] taken a step back from the public eye to work on herself. She’s doing amazingly well and our family is very proud of her,” she writes. “You are just a bottom feeder with a lack of empathy who works for a joke of a magazine which is nothing more than a comic book.”

So way back two months ago, Britney Spears and Sam Asghari announced their engagement, but according to “E! News,” fans have their reasons to believe that the couple have secretly already tied the knot. Sam shared a sweet message on Instagram as the couple headed off on a vacation for the Britney’s 40th birthday. “Everyday is your birthday my queen 👑 Happy 1st birthday to my wife” the post read. Brit shared an Instagram post as well sharing the same pictures, but referencing Sam in her caption as “my fiancé” clearing up any confusion.