Alec Baldwin claims he 'didn't pull the trigger' in deadly Rust shooting

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Alec Baldwin says he did not pull the trigger of the gun that fired a live bullet and killed a cinematographer on the set of the movie Rust, according to an excerpt of an upcoming television interview.

Baldwin, who was holding a gun he was told was safe when it went off, spoke in his first full interview about the October 21 shooting in New Mexico.

Actor/producer Alec Baldwin speaks with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in his first interview since the deadly shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film, Rust. Photo: ABC News.
Actor/producer Alec Baldwin speaks with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in his first interview since the deadly shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film, Rust. Photo: ABC News.

“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” the actor told ABC television journalist George Stephanopoulos, according to the excerpt of the interview, which will be broadcast on Thursday.

“So you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“No, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never,” Baldwin replied.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded in what Baldwin has previously called a tragic accident on the set of the Western movie he was making near Santa Fe.

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A photo of Halyna Hutchins using camera equipment. Photo: Instagram/halynahutchins.
Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died after being shot on set. Photo: Instagram/halynahutchins.

Authorities in Santa Fe could not immediately be reached for comment on Baldwin’s statement on Wednesday.

No criminal charges have been filed. Investigators have been focusing their efforts on how live ammunition found its way onto the set.

Baldwin says in the ABC interview that he had no idea how a live bullet got onto the set.

The actor, best known for playing an egotistical TV network executive on the TV comedy series 30 Rock, has kept a low profile since the accident at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.

Actor Alec Baldwin pictured looking upset while speaking on the phone outside the Santa Fe sheriff’s office after accidentally shooting a prop gun that killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins. Photo: AAP.
Baldwin pictured after the shooting incident outside the Santa Fe sheriff’s office. Photo: AAP.

Baldwin, who was the star and also a producer on the low-budget western, “went through in detail what happened on the set that day”, Stephanopoulus said on Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America show.

“As you can imagine he’s devastated but he was also very candid, he was very forthcoming. He answered every question,” Stephanopoulos said.

Two crew members have filed civil lawsuits accusing Baldwin, the producers and others on the production of negligence and lax safety protocols. The producers have said they are conducting their own internal investigation.

With AAP.

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