United States actor Alec Baldwin said he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of film, “Rust.”
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News in an excerpt of an exclusive interview due to be aired on Dec. 2 evening.
The 80-minute sit-down interview marks Baldwin’s first since the shooting.
On Oct. 21, Baldwin was holding a prop gun when it discharged during a dress rehearsal at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, Mexico.
“I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never,” Baldwin said in the interview.
It is believed that the gun discharged when Baldwin removed it from a holster.
Baldwin said he had “no idea” how the live bullet made its way onto the film set.
“Someone put a live bullet into a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin said.
According to court records, 24-year-old film armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed handed the gun to assistant director Dave Halls who then handed it to Baldwin.
Halls did not know the gun contained a live bullet, according to the court documents.
Baldwin, who was starring and co-producing the film, told Stephanopoulos that he had no reason to suspect the prop gun had live ammunition.
The shooting incident remains under investigation.
On Nov. 30, the Santa Fe County Sherriff’s Office issued a new warrant to search the premises of an Albuquerque-based firearms and ammunition supplier as they pursue the source of the live bullet.
Stephanopoulos said the interview with Baldwin was “the most intense” out of the thousands of interviews he has done over the last 20 years.
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