Alec Baldwin Implodes, Claims He 'Didn't Pull the Trigger' During Fatal Shooting
Hollywood actor sobs during interview, speaks about 'Rust' movie set shooting
Hollywood star Alex Baldwin imploded during a new interview about the fatal shooting on the set of his movie "Rust," arguing that he "didn't pull the trigger" when the shot was fired.
The actor broke down while speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview airing Thursday.
He claims he did not pull the trigger of the prop gun he was holding on a New Mexico film set when it went off, killing a cinematographer and injuring the director.
"I didn’t pull the trigger,” Alec Baldwin said.
"I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”
The 63-year-old sobbed while speaking to Stephanopoulos in his first interview since the death of Halyna Hutchins in October.
In a promotional clip shared on Twitter, Baldwin said of Hutchins: "She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone she worked with and admired.
"Even now, I find it hard to believe that, it just doesn't seem real to me."
Stephanopoulos asked: "It wasn't in the script for the trigger to be pulled?"
Baldwin then replied with comments that further deepen the mystery surrounding the death, replying: "Well the trigger wasn't pulled, I didn't pull the trigger..."
Asked by @GStephanopoulos how a real bullet got on the "Rust" set, Alec Baldwin says: “I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2021
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It is Baldwin’s first sitdown interview since the October 21 shooting on the set of the western film “Rust.”
Authorities have said Baldwin was told the gun was safe to handle but continue to investigate how a live round ended up in the weapon.
ABC released a clip Wednesday that shows Baldwin breaking down in tears while describing Hutchins, the cinematographer who was killed on the set.
Director Joel Souza was also wounded during the shooting.
In response to a question about how a live round ended up on the set, he said: “I have no idea.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
The interview will air as part of an hour-long special on ABC at 8 pm Eastern time on Thursday and stream on Hulu later that evening.
Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on the “Rust” set.
They have said it is too soon to determine whether charges will be filed, amid independent civil lawsuits concerning liability in the fatal shooting.
ABC said a two-hour special “20/20” next week will examine the investigation into the shooting in more depth.