Alec Baldwin said he had not pulled the trigger on the gun that murdered a cinematographer on the set of Rust, as New Mexico police looked into how live bullets got onto the set. Baldwin gave his first entire interview about the Oct. 21 incident, in which he was holding a weapon he was told was harmless when it went off.
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled,” says the narrator. According to an extract published on Wednesday of the interview, which will air on Thursday, the actor told ABC television journalist George Stephanopoulos, “I didn’t pull the trigger.”
“I’d never point a pistol at someone and pull the trigger.” Baldwin added, “Never.”
Baldwin has previously described as a sad event on the set of the Western film he was shooting near Santa Fe, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed, and director Joel Souza was injured. Baldwin’s comments drew no response from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday. It’s unclear whether authorities are looking into the possibility of an unintentional discharge.
There have been no criminal charges brought. Instead of dummies, investigators have been concentrating their efforts on how live ammunition got onto the set.
During a search this week at the facilities of an Albuquerque supplier of props and weapons for movie productions, they discovered Rust paperwork and suspected live bullets for a revolver similar to the one Baldwin was using, according to court filings published on Wednesday.
According to the records, the supplier, Seth Kenny, had informed investigators that the live rounds recovered on the set could have been “reloaded ammo” that he had previously purchased from a buddy. Bullets, as well as other components, are recycled in reloaded weapons.
Source: Global News