Alec Baldwin denies responsibility for fatal shooting on set

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Alec Baldwin on Thursday denied responsibility for the shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of his western “Rust”, saying he would have committed suicide if he believed it was his fault. In a moving TV interview, the actor said he did not pull the trigger on the gun he was holding during a rehearsal and that he did not believe he would be charged in the case. .

“I feel like someone is responsible for what happened, but I know it’s not me. I might have killed myself if I had thought I was responsible, and I don’t say that lightly, ”Baldwin told ABC television’s George Stephanopoulos in his first public comments on the October 21 shooting. on set near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured when the gun fired a live bullet.

The incident, including the way the live ammunition went to the set, is still under investigation by authorities in New Mexico. No criminal charges have been laid. Baldwin had been told the weapon was “safe” by crew members assigned to check the weapons.

“I have been told by people in the know … that it is highly unlikely that I will be charged with anything criminal,” Baldwin said. Baldwin said he “would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger.”

In his first public description of what happened, he said the Colt revolver went off as he cocked the pistol and rehearsed camera angles with Hutchins. “In this scene, I’m going to cock the gun. I said, ‘Do you want to see this?’ And she said yes. So I take the gun and start cocking the gun. I’m not going to pull the trigger. I said, ‘Did you see that?’ She said, “Well, trick him and tilt him a little like that.” And I cocked the gun and I said, ‘See that? Do you see that? And I let go of the hammer of the pistol and the pistol goes off.

Baldwin said he initially thought Hutchins had passed out and it wasn’t until hours later that he was told she had died. He said he “couldn’t imagine” making a movie again involving guns. The actor, best known for the “30 Rock” comedy television series, has been widely criticized for not checking the gun himself thoroughly. But he insisted in the interview that it wasn’t the actor’s job.

“When this person who was in charge of this work gave me the weapon, I trusted him … For 40 years that I have been in this profession until today, I have never had a problem, ”he said. Two members of the team have filed civil lawsuits accusing Baldwin, the producers and others of negligence and lax safety protocols on set. But Baldwin said he “hadn’t observed any safety issues during the time I was there.”

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