Alec Baldwin has mentioned he didn’t pull the set off of the gun he was holding that killed a cinematographer on the movie set of “Rust.”
In his first main interview since the tragedy in October, the US actor additionally mentioned he has “no idea” how a stay spherical had gotten onto the set of the low-budget Western in New Mexico.
“The set off wasn’t pulled — I didn’t pull the set off,” he mentioned in an excerpt of an interview with ABC News launched on Wednesday.
“No, no, no. I’d by no means level a gun at anybody and pull the set off at them. Never.”
In the interview, set to air in full on ABC on Thursday night, Baldwin didn’t elaborate on how the weapon had gone off.
Baldwin, additionally a producer on “Rust,” was rehearsing a scene during which his character brandishes a Colt .45 when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed.
The weapon was meant to comprise dummy — or faux — rounds, and Baldwin was requested in the interview how an actual bullet had ended up inside the firearm.
“I’ve no idea. Someone put a stay bullet in a gun — a bullet that wasn’t even alleged to be on the property,” mentioned Baldwin.
Prosecutors have refused to rule out legal costs in opposition to anybody concerned with “Rust,” together with Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
Gutierrez-Reed has additionally mentioned she has “no idea” why stay rounds have been current.
On Tuesday, investigators mentioned Seth Kenney — an Arizona weapon rental provider — might have provided “reloaded ammunition” that matched the cartridge suspected to have contained the stay spherical that killed Hutchins.
“Reloaded ammunition” refers to rounds which might be assembled from element components, not manufactured as full stay rounds.
“The Sheriff’s workplace has taken an enormous step ahead immediately to unearth the full fact of who put the stay rounds on the ‘Rust’ set,” Gutierrez-Reed’s legal professionals mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.
The full, one-hour ABC interview with Baldwin airs on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern (0100 GMT Friday).
“Even now, I discover it arduous to consider,” says a tearful Baldwin in the preview clip.
“It simply doesn’t appear actual to me.”
“I believe again, and I believe of ‘what may I’ve accomplished?’” he says.
Gun was barely checked
Gutierrez-Reed informed police she “didn’t actually test it an excessive amount of” instantly earlier than the tragedy.
According to an affidavit launched Tuesday, Gutierrez-Reed informed police she had loaded the Colt .45 with 5 dummy rounds earlier than a lunch break.
After lunch, the weapon was retrieved from a protected, and Gutierrez-Reed added a last spherical earlier than handing it to a different crew member. Moments later, she heard a gun shot from inside the set.
Gutierrez-Reed mentioned she “didn’t actually test it an excessive amount of” as a result of the weapon had been locked up at lunch.
“We had the gun the complete time earlier than that, and nothing occurred, and I wasn’t in there, and so they weren’t even alleged to be pulling the hammer again,” she added.
Reports have emerged of disquiet amongst workers over allegedly lax security procedures, and Santa Fe Sheriff Adan Mendoza has spoken of “complacency” on the New Mexico set.
But Baldwin has referred to as the tragedy a “one in a trillion episode” and insisted “Rust” had a “well-oiled crew.”