"I didn't pull the trigger": Alec Baldwin reveals his version of the fatal shooting in his first interview after the tragedy of "Rust."
In a preview of the conversation that will be broadcast on December 2 on the ABC channel, the actor remembers the late Halyna Hutchins. He assures that he would "never point a gun at another person."
"She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her and admired," Alec Baldwin says of the late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins before breaking down in tears during a sneak peek of what will be seen on December 2 in an exclusive interview with the actor on the United States network ABC and which can then be accessed through the Hulu platform.
On October 21, Halyna Hutchins, director of photography, died on the set of the film Rust after being shot and wounded by Baldwin. The latter was practicing a scene where he had to shoot towards the camera. Baldwin reportedly fired a gun handed to him as "cold," movie jargon to refer to an unloaded pistol.
After the tragedy, the first interview with Baldwin is conducted by journalist George Stephanopoulos, a former White House press secretary who currently works as Washington's chief correspondent and as host of the Sunday morning news program This Week on ABC.
"Even now, I have a hard time believing it. It doesn't seem real to me," says Baldwin in the video.
In several images, the actor and producer of Rust can be seen crying and wiping his tears while listening to the journalist's questions. "How did a real bullet enter the set?" asks Stephanopoulos. "I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that shouldn't even have been on the property," Baldwin replies.
"The trigger was not pulled. I didn't pull the trigger", he emphasizes. "I would never point a gun at another person and pull the trigger. Never".
"You said you are not a victim. Is this the worst thing that ever happened to you?", Inquired the journalist. "Yes," Baldwin responds without hesitation for a second and repeats: "Yes, yes, because I remember and think what I could have done ."
The interview will air on December 2 in the US (1 am on Friday UTC).
The actor hired a former US federal prosecutor to represent him in civil lawsuits that killed the cinematographer.
Aaron S. Dyer, an attorney who worked for seven years at the Los Angeles, California Attorney General's Office, will assume Baldwin's defense and the production of the low-budget western Rust.
Two team members sued Baldwin and the other producers of the film.
Serge Svetnoy, the film's chief lighting officer, filed a "negligence" complaint two weeks ago against the actor, the production, and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old gunsmith responsible for the guns used during the filming of the film.
Svetnoy alleges that Baldwin, the film's deputy director, Dave Halls - who handed the gun to the actor during filming, claiming it was unloaded - and Gutiérrez-Reed did not follow the film industry's practices on handling weapons and "allowed a revolver loaded with live ammunition will point to live people."
A week later, Mamie Mitchell, the film's screenwriter, filed another lawsuit. Mitchell said he suffered "emotional distress" and other disturbances from damage "intentionally caused" by the production. Halls and Gutierrez-Reed are also the subjects of this lawsuit.