Alec Baldwin Speaks On Camera For The First Time Since Unintentional Shooting
Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin appeared on camera from Manchester, VT, where he and his family have been laying low since the fatal incident.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Alec Baldwin, an American actor, told the press that he is not allowed to discuss the details of the shooting on the set of his latest film, “Rust,” but he did have some things to say about the woman who died, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin appeared on camera from “Manchester, VT, where he and his family have been laying low since the fatal incident,” according to a video posted on Saturday.
“I’m not allowed to make any comments because it’s an ongoing investigation,” Baldwin told those gathered. “I’ve been ordered by the Sheriff’s Department in Santa Fe. I can’t answer any questions about the investigation. I can’t,” he added.
Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his film, killing Hutchins. She was 42 years old at the time.
Joel Souza, the film’s director, was shot in the shoulder.
“She was my friend,” Baldwin told the paparazzi about Hutchins. “The day I arrived in Santa Fe to start shooting I took her to dinner with Joel the director,”
Baldwin’s wife tried to interrupt him, and he responded by saying, “excuse me” to wave her off as he said, “We were a very very … well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.”
The shooting is being investigated by authorities.
At a joint news conference with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s office on Wednesday, Sheriff Adan Mendoza said Baldwin fired a “suspected live round.”
“The facts are clear: a weapon was handed to Mr Baldwin,” Mendoza said. “The weapon is functional and fired a live round, killing Ms Hutchins and injuring Mr Souza.”
In a four-minute video posted on Saturday, Baldwin reiterated that he has been told multiple times that he is not allowed to speak about the ongoing investigation.
He invited more questions, and Baldwin’s wife became irritated when one of the people who asked couldn’t recall Hutchins’ name.
Hilaria said, “Her name is Halyna.” “You should know her name if you’re spending this much time waiting for us.”
After the incident, Baldwin said he met with Hutchins’ husband and her young son, but he “wouldn’t know how to categorize” how the meeting went.
Baldwin described the man as “overwhelmed with grief.” “On set, there are sometimes unintentional accidents, but nothing like this. This is a one-in-a-billion occurrence.”
Hutchins’ husband and son, who are “in shock,” are in “constant contact” with the actor, who is also producing “Rust.”
“We’re looking forward to the Sheriff’s Department informing us of the results of their investigation,” Baldwin said.
He said he couldn’t say whether he’d ever work on another film set with firearms like the ones used on the set of “Rust.”
“I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,” Baldwin said. “But remember, something that I think is important and that is how many bullets have been fired in films and TV shows in the last 75 years? This is America. How many bullets have gone off, nearly all of them without incident.”
In the event of something going wrong and in the aftermath of “this horrible catastrophic thing,” he said, “new measures must be taken,” including the use of rubber or plastic guns.
Baldwin stated, “That is not for me to decide.” “It’s urgent that you understand that I’m not an expert in this field, so whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people’s safety on set, I’m all for it, and I’ll help in any way I can.”
The Baldwins, who have six children together, refused to say why they were staying in Vermont and requested that they not be followed any longer, claiming that their children were crying in the car because they were being pursued.
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