Alec Baldwin Denies Responsibility for Rust Accident

Alec Baldwin denies responsibility for the fatal shooting of a cameraman on the set of his Western film Rust on Thursday, December 2, claiming he would have killed himself if he thought it was his fault.

In an emotional televised appearance, the actor stated that he did not pull the trigger on the gun he was carrying during practice and that he did not believe he would be punished criminally in the case.

It killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza when the pistol discharged a live bullet.

Authorities in New Mexico are still investigating the event, including how to live ammo got onto the set. There have been no criminal charges brought. 

Crew members in charge of inspecting firearms had informed Baldwin the rifle was “safe.”

Baldwin said the Colt revolver went off as he was cocking it and practicing camera angles with Hutchins in his first public depiction of what transpired.

Baldwin stated that he initially assumed Hutchins had fainted and that it wasn’t until hours afterward that he learned she had died. He stated that he “couldn’t see” ever doing another film using weapons.

The actor, best known for his role in the TV comedy series 30 Rock, has been heavily chastised for failing to carefully inspect the gun himself. However, he claimed during the interview that this was not the actor’s duty.

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