PHOTOS: Alec Baldwin Celebrated at ‘Human Rights’ Gala featuring Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams — Weeks After Death of Woman on Set

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Alec Baldwin speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on December 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin hosted an annual gala for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights center on Thursday evening, featuring Vice President Kamala Harris as keynote speaker, just weeks after the death of a woman on the set of his movie, Rust.

Baldwin, 63, made his first formal public appearance since fatally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza when a prop gun in his hands discharged. Baldwin says he cocked the gun but did not pull the trigger.

 

Alec Baldwin RFK (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 09: Alec Baldwin speaks during the 2021 RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at New York Hilton Midtown on December 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Though he has not yet been charged with any crimes, Baldwin is already facing multiple lawsuits over the fatal shooting, and could yet face prosecution.

However, on Thursday, he was lauded by a star-studded rostrum as a champion of human rights.

Baldwin was the master of ceremonies at the “Ripple of Hope” gala, which featured a virtual speech by Harris and honored Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who has never conceded the 2018 election.

Abrams greeted Baldwin warmly, and posed for pictures with him and other officials and honorees.

Alec Baldwin and Stacey Adams (Slaven Vlasic / Getty)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 09: Alec Baldwin and Stacey Abrams attend the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on December 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Stacey Abrams and Alec Baldwin (Monica Schipper / Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 09: (L-R) José E. Feliciano, Hans Vestberg, Stacey Abrams, Kerry Kennedy, Alec Baldwin and Deven Parekh attend the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on December 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)

 

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Baldwin “began the evening by welcoming the crowd with a joke” about getting out of his house.

Kerry Kennedy, who is president of the center and a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, “started by lauding Baldwin,” the Reporter observed, “telling the crowd of more than 700 vaccinated and tested in-person attendees, ‘In your good times and bad and his good times and bad, he always shows up.'”

The “bad times” were a clear reference to the Rust shooting.

Alec Baldwin and Kerry Kennedy (Monica Schipper / Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 09: Alec Baldwin and Kerry Kennedy attend the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on December 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights)

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights center is named for the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated by a Palestinian radical in a California hotel kitchen minutes after winning the state’s Democratic presidential primary in 1968.

According to its website, one of the main priorities of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights center is fighting “gender-based violence.”

Breitbart News reached out to the center with questions; answers were not received at the time of publication.

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