Hollywood star Alec Baldwin has told reporters that he ‘didn’t pull the trigger’ of the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The 63-year-old actor was in the news in October this year when a gun that he thought was “cold” (safe) discharged during rehearsals on the set of movie Rust.
HullLive reports that Baldwin has insisted he didn’t pull the trigger of the gun in his first sit-down interview since the tragedy.
Speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, the actor said that ‘the trigger wasn’t pulled’.
The interview was recorded on Tuesday but will air in the US tonight, December 2 at 8pm Eastern time (1am UK time).
A teaser for the program was included in this morning’s episode of ITV chat show Lorraine.
The trailer for Alec Baldwin: Unscripted showed the actor in tears, saying: “She was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone who worked with, and admired…”
Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot dead on the New Mexico set, and director Joel Souza was wounded.
Baldwin says in the interview: “The trigger wasn’t pulled, I didn’t pull the trigger.
“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger. Never.”
Police investigations imply that the gun discharged as Alec was removing it from a holster.
The film’s assistant director David Halls says he did not know the gun contained live ammunition.
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Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, was reportedly responsible for overseeing all weapons on set and handed Baldwin the gun.
When George Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin how real bullets got on to the film set, he replies: “I have no idea.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
British viewers with no access to ABC can stream it on Hulu the following day.