Actor Alec Baldwin stated in his first interview since being charged with killing Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21 that he did not pull the trigger on the revolver used on set during filming.
“The trigger was not pulled. I did not pull the trigger,” Baldwin reiterated to his interviewer, George Stephanopoulos, contradicting the circumstances under which Hutchins’ fatal wound and a wound to director Joel Souza’s shoulder occurred, according to ABC Dec. 1.
He added: “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger, ever. Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.” The full interview will be released on Dec. 2.
Despite eyewitnesses pointing against him, Baldwin now holds a different version than those around them at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the tragic events occurred.
While the investigation is still ongoing, Baldwin and others involved in the case have been sued by several of the people involved in filming the movie.
One of them was script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, who said there was intent on Baldwin’s part in causing Hutchins’ death.
“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired a loaded gun even though the scene to be filmed did not require cocking and firing a firearm,” Mitchell argues in her lawsuit, according to the Nov. 17 New York Post.
Mitchell, who witnessed the tragic scene, also saw her director, Joel Souza, fall wounded during the events that occurred on Oct. 21.
“I was stunned. I heard someone moaning and I turned around, and my director was falling backwards, holding his upper body and I turned to Alec and saw Halyna falling to my left,” Mitchell recounted.
It seems that disorder and disorganization were conducive to such an event. Some accuse the film’s directors, such as Baldwin, of spending an insufficient budget by subjecting the staff to unnecessary external pressures.
In this regard, both actor George Clooney and movie star Angelina Jolie insisted that it is necessary to be very careful with using weapons on stage.
Clooney stated that it was: “A series of tragedies, but also, a lot of stupid mistakes,” in an interview with author and podcaster Marc Maron, in which he also explained what he did with the guns.
And Jolie expressed, “I’ve always been very careful because I’ve had to work with guns a lot. The way I’ve worked or reviewed when I’m directing, there are certain procedures. You have to take it very seriously.”
On the other hand, authorities have refused to rule out charging Baldwin in the shooting, to which they said he is “an active part of this investigation.”
As for the possible legal implications, renowned U.S. attorney and analyst Jonathan Turley believes Baldwin could be legally charged.
“The problem is that Baldwin was not simply an actor. He was also one of the producers at a site that had reportedly experienced prior downloads and complaints about the site’s security,” Turley described on Oct. 24.