Alec Baldwin says he did not pull the trigger of the gun that fired a live bullet, killing a cinematographer on the set of the film “Rust.”
Halnya Hutchins died on October 21 after a prop gun Baldwin was handling discharged while preparing for a scene on the Santa Fe set of the movie. The bullet also hit the film’s director Joel Souza, who was hospitalized for his injuries. The fatal incident remains under investigation, and authorities have not filed criminal charges. No one involved in the production has publicly taken responsibility for the tragedy, including the film’s lead armorer Hannah Guiterrez Reed, who has said through her lawyers that she believes the incident was the result of sabotage.
In an upcoming interview with ABC News, Baldwin also hinted at the possibility of sabotage.
“Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” he said in a preview clip of the interview set to air on Thursday night.
He also said that he did not pull the trigger of the gun, despite believing it did not contain any live rounds.
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said in the video obtained by CNN.
“I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never, ” the actor said, reportedly in response to a question referencing an affidavit that stated Baldwin was pointing the prop gun “towards the camera lens” before it went off.
According to the report, Baldwin became emotional when speaking about Hutchins.
“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone who worked with her — and admired,” the actor said. “It doesn’t seem real to me.”
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