Actor Alec Baldwin claimed he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the revolver that was in his hand when it was fired, killing a cinematographer and injuring the director on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust.”
ABC News’ released a preview Wednesday of the Baldwin interview set to air Thursday with George Stephanopoulos.
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said.
“So, you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“No, no, no, no no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger,” Baldwin responded. “Never.”
Stephanopoulos also asked Baldwin how an authentic bullet was on the film’s set. Baldwin said he had “no idea.”
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun,” Baldwin said. “A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
Baldwin affirmed that this occurrence was “the worst thing that’s ever happened” to him.
“Because I think back and I think of what could I have done,” Baldwin added.
An affidavit of the October 21, 2021 shootimg revealed that Baldwin was practicing his draw with an antique revolver across his body. When he pointed it at the camera, the gun discharged, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
“Joel stated that they had Alec sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw. Joel said he was looking over the shoulder of (Hutchins), when he heard what sounded like a whip and then loud pop,” the affidavit stated.
The document noted Hutchins was shot in the chest.
“Joel then vaguely remembers (Hutchins) complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection. Joel also said (Hutchins) began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground,” according to the affidavit.
Baldwin described Hutchins as “someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone who worked with, and admired… I mean, even now I find it hard to believe that. It doesn’t seem real to me.”
The FBI and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the shooting, with law enforcement issuing a new search warrant this week with an intent of finding the source of the live bullet.
“We trust that the FBI will now compare and analyze the ‘live rounds’ seized from the set to evidence seized in the search warrant to conclusively determine where the live rounds came from,” film armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney, Jason Bowles, told ABC News in a statement. “The questions of who introduced the live rounds onto the set and why are the central questions in the case.”
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