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Actor Alec Baldwin, in his first interview since the fatal shooting on the set of the film “Rust” in October, tearfully denied that he was the one who pulled the trigger.
“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone who worked with and admired. … I mean, even now, I find it hard to believe that. It just doesn’t seem to seem real to me,” Baldwin, crying, began in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos as he recalled the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, for which he had been blamed.
EXCLUSIVE: "The trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger," Alec Baldwin tells @GStephanopoulos in first interview since fatal shooting on set of "Rust."
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2021
“You haven’t said much in public since that tragic accident. Why speak out now? I think the big question, and the one you must have asked yourself a thousand times, how could this have happened. You’ve described it as a one in a trillion shot, and the gun was in your hand. How do you come to terms with that?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“It didn’t seem real to me,” Baldwin said after being asked “how this happened” and saying that the script did not call for him to pull the trigger.
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” said the actor. After being asked to clarify, he added, “No, no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them.”
“What did you think happened? How did a real bullet get on that set?” the interviewer pressed in a teaser video.
“I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin answered.
“How do you respond to actors like George Clooney who say that every time they were handed a gun, they checked it themselves,” Stephanopoulos asks.
The teaser did not include Baldwin’s reply but instead skipped to another segment.
“Your emotions are so clearly so right there on the surface. You felt shock, you felt anger, you felt sadness. Do you feel guilt? You said you’re not a victim, but is this the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?” Stephanopoulos continues asking.
“Yes!” Baldwin quickly responded. “Yep, yeah, I think back I think of what could I have done.”
As to Baldwin’s denial that he pulled the trigger, that claim was backed up by ‘Rust’ assistant director Dave Halls, as the Washington Examiner reports:
Lisa Torraco, Halls’s lawyer, said Halls always maintained that Baldwin did not have his finger on the trigger when the gun went off. The assistant director was just feet away from Baldwin when the gun went off in October, fatally striking cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
“[Halls said] the entire time, Baldwin had his finger outside the trigger guard parallel to the barrel and that he told me since day one he thought it was a misfire,” Torraco told ABC News Thursday. “Until Alec said that, it was really hard to believe.”
Meanwhile, Seth Kenney, the owner of PDQ Arm & Prop, the supplier of the gun and ammunition for the moving, said that the ammo investigators took from his business does not match what was used in the shooting.
“They found four rounds that were close enough to take in with them. They’re not a match, but they were close,” he said. “We’ve got to wait for the FBI to do its job.”
He went on to say that it is not possible that his company sent live rounds to the set of Rust.
“It’s not a possibility that they came from PDQ or from myself personally,” he said. “When we send dummy rounds out, they get individually rattle tested before they get sent out.”