In an upcoming TV interview, Alec Baldwin says that he did not pull the trigger of the gun that fired a live bullet that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust,” according to an excerpt released on Wednesday.
Baldwin was holding the gun during a rehearsal when it went off and spoke about this incident in his first full interview about the Oct. 21 shooting in New Mexico.
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” the actor told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, according to the excerpt of the interview due to be broadcast on Thursday.
“So you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin.
“No, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never,” Baldwin replied.
He added that he had no idea how a live bullet got onto the set of the Western movie he was making near Santa Fe.
Halyna Hutchins was a Ukrainian cinematographer and journalist who worked on more than 30 films, short films, and TV miniseries, including the films Archenemy, Darlin’, and Blindfire. On October 21, 2021, she was fatally wounded in a shooting incident during production on the set of the film Rust.