Alec Baldwin claims he “didn’t pull the trigger” on the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of his latest movie, ‘Rust’.
In his first sit-down interview since the tragic October event, he told ABC News:
“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never.”
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On the set of Rust in New Mexico, Hutchins was shot while Baldwin practised with what he thought was a “cold” (safe) gun. It’s thought the gun discharged when he removed it from a holster, during rehearsals for a scene.
Hutchins was flown to hospital by helicopter, but later died of the injury.
When asked how he thinks a live round made it’s way on to set, Baldwin said:
“I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet into a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
Court records indicate that Dave Halls, the film’s associate director, handed the firearm to Baldwin, who had no idea it was loaded with live ammo and signalled it was emptied by saying “cold gun.” Halls had been given the gun by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old armorer on the film.
An armorer on the film set, is responsible for checking all firearms are safe to use.
The investigation is on going.