“The trigger was not squeezed… I did not squeeze the trigger. “ In his first formal interview since the drama of October 21, the entirety of which is to be broadcast on the evening of Thursday, December 2 by the American channel ABC, actor Alec Baldwin assures that he did not pull the trigger of the revolver he had in hand. when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on the set of Rust, a western of which he is also one of the producers.
During this interview with the co-presenter of “Good Morning America”, George Stephanopoulos, Alec Baldwin adds that he did not ” no idea “ of how live ammunition may have gotten onto the film set, resulting in the accidental death of Halyna Hutchins. “I would never point a gun at someone when I squeezed the trigger.” Never “, he claims.
In this excerpt, Alec Baldwin does not give more details to explain how the revolver was able to go off and fire the fatal bullet. The actor was working on a scene where his character draws a gun when the cinematographer was hit.
The weapon in question was supposed to contain only dummy bullets. To the question of knowing how real ammunition could have been in the barrel of the revolver, Alec Baldwin answers: ” I’ve no idea. Someone put a live bullet into a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be there. “
More than 500 ammunition seized on the set
The police investigation is continuing and, if no arrests have taken place, criminal prosecution is not excluded in the event that responsibilities are established, stressed the prosecutor’s office in Santa Fe, New State. Mexico. According to a document released Tuesday by Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s gunsmith told officers she loaded five dummy cartridges into the gun just before lunch break.
On resumption, she had extracted the weapon from the safe where she had placed it and added a sixth cartridge, then handing the revolver to another employee of the filming. Shortly after, she said she heard a detonation coming from the set. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told investigators she did “Not really much verified” the gun because it had been locked away during lunch. She had previously claimed to ignore the presence of any live ammunition on set.
Police seized more than 500 ammunition on the set, presented as a mixture of blank cartridges, dummy cartridges and some ammunition suspected to be real. Investigators have also reported possible leads that could explain the presence of this live ammunition, formally prohibited on set by the rules in force in the film industry in the United States. One of the suppliers of the ammunition used on the set of Rust, Seth Kenney, said he potentially sold the film crew handcrafted ammunition – possibly from recycled items – whose logo matches the logo on the lethal cartridge.