- Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the set of Rust on October 21.
- The 42-year-old died due to a gunshot wound she sustained on set.
- The gun was reportedly fired by Alec Baldwin, but the actor is now saying that he “would never pull the trigger” at someone.
During an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopulous on Thursday night, actor Alec Baldwin — giving his first official interview following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins — said he “knows it’s not me” when asked who is responsible for the death of the 42-year-old.
In addition to denying responsibility, Baldwin also claimed that he did not “pull the trigger” on the gun that ultimately killed Hutchins and that the gun discharged after he cocked back the revolver’s hammer.
As far as Baldwin is concerned, “there’s only one question to be resolved” and that’s “where did the live round come from?” Baldwin was reportedly told that the gun he was handed was “cold”, which — in movie-making terms — is supposed to mean that there is no live ammunition in it. Even if the gun was filled, though, it should’ve been with blanks and not the live round that killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
Baldwin says that he and Hutchins were rehearsing a shootout scene and were figuring out how to position the gun so that the camera could see it cocking when the gun went off.
“I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off,” he said. “The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.”
Baldwin’s claim that he didn’t actually pull the trigger was corroborated by someone else on set, according to ABC News.
Earlier this week, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office issued a new search warrant detailing that investigators may have figured out how “live” bullet made its way into the set of Rust.
Longtime Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, the father of the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, said in a statement to investigators that ammunition once in his possession “may match the ammunition found on the set of Rust,” according to a search warrant issued Tuesday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office as part of the ongoing investigation. [via ABC]
At this time, the investigation into Hutchins’ death continues.