RICHARD JOHNSON: Alec Baldwin did himself no favors with TV interview about ‘Rust’ shooting

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Andrew Toth

Julia Koch, the wealthiest woman in New York, is emerging from the COVID pandemic and becoming more visible to the public.

While Julia, mother of three, accompanied her late husband David Koch to innumerable black-tie events, she seemed to vanish after he died two years ago and COVID arrived.

“David loved to entertain and gave a lot of money to various causes, but now that he’s gone, Julia hardly goes anywhere,” said one source.

But a friend of Julia’s denied she’s a recluse and said she’s been to the Metropolitan Opera, the opening of the David H. Koch Cancer Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering, gone dining at Harry Cipriani and attended Knicks games with her son David Jr.

Julia, worth $60 billion according to Bloomberg, is said to be spending big sums on updating security at her houses on the Upper East Side and Southampton.

“She’s building security rooms to house guards. It’s all discreet,” said my source.

Julia is carrying on her husband’s legacy by joining the Sloan Kettering board. “She’ll have a much more visible presence in the new year,” said the source.

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Alec Baldwin did himself no favors by going on TV with George Stephanopoulos.

Baldwin looked appropriately haggard and wiped away tears, but he claimed the pistol he wielded on the set of “Rust” fired and killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins without him ever touching the trigger.

“I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”

“It’s a mechanical device. You have to pull the trigger,” ex-NYPD cop Pete Gleason told me. “Guns don’t fire themselves.”

“If he had listened to his lawyer, he would never have done the interview,” Gleason, a frequent guest commentator on truTV, said.

However, some gun experts have said that while Baldwin’s claim may sound implausible, it’s not totally farfetched. The lawyer for “Rust” assistant director Dave Halls has backed up Baldwin’s words, saying that her client told her that the actor didn’t pull the trigger.

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Jann Wenner, the Rolling Stone publisher, will set the record straight next year.

Wenner didn’t like Joe Hogan’s 2017 biography, “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine,” a source told me.

Although Wenner cooperated and opened his files for Hagan, he reportedly had no editorial control and didn’t like his warts-and-all portrayal.

Wenner apparently complained the book was “deeply flawed and tawdry, rather than substantial.”

Little, Brown, which is paying Wenner nearly $1 million for his yet-untitled tome, says, “From The Beatles and the Stones to the Boss, from Jackie Onassis to Barack Obama, every rebel and titan of our times comes to vivid life, thanks to Jann’s spellbinding storytelling. We cannot wait to bring it to the world.”

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The infamous “Wolf of Wall Street” Jordan Belfort has become a do-gooder.

Belfort is helping CEO of Les Couleurs charity, Aura Copeland, raise money in Miami and Mexico City.

Though he’s been sober many years, Belfort has been autographing bottles of his new mezcal brand, Santo Infierno, and encouraging guests to bid up to $4,000.

Belfort, who now calls Miami home, has become a man about town attending galas and dining at trendy restaurants with his gorgeous Argentine wife, Cristina Invernizzi.

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Hunter Biden will go down in history as the most successful presidential offspring at getting stuff for free.

Miranda Devine’s new book “Laptop from Hell” claims that Hunter helped expand Chinese influence in America for $10 million a year and an $80,000 diamond. This was before his dad, Joe Biden, became president.

The president’s son, according to the book and other reports, claimed he was unaware of the value of the 3.16 carat diamond given to him by a Chinese technocrat.

Imagine if Ivanka Trump had been collecting baubles, or Laura Bush, or even Chelsea Clinton. Might have been a bit of a scandal. But Hunter gets a free ride.

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Calvin Klein’s longtime partner, Barry Schwartz, put his racehorse farm on the market over a year ago for $100 million. It’s languishing unsold. Recent ads hype that it has furnishings by a firm owned by Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley.

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Norm Pearlstine, who recently departed the Los Angeles Times, and James Brooks, of “Terms of Endearment” fame, scarfing down Nantucket Bay scallops at Michael’s on E. 55th St.

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“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” star Thom Filicia, architect Campion Platt and Jean Shafiroff will co-chair Iris Dankner’s Holiday House benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Dec. 8-10 at the Elizabeth Taylor Collective on W. 56th St…Marc Anthony and his Maestro Cares Foundation will honor Will Ferrell, former Boston Red Sox star David “Big Papi” Ortiz and Dr. Ramon Tallaj, the founder of SOMOS Community Care, Dec. 7 at Cipriani Wall Street…TV star Suzanne Somers and her husband Alan Hamel are among the early recipients of Totenpass, the worlds’ only solid gold USB key. Photos of the couple’s recent 54th wedding anniversary have been immortalized on the indestructible device, the size of a credit card. Totenpass was created by Goldmoney CEO Roy Sebag and Bruce Ha.

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