Alex Baldwin after being shot dead on the film set: “Didn’t pull the trigger”

Fatal shot while shooting a film
Alec Baldwin in a TV interview: “I didn’t pull the trigger”

Alec Baldwin during the ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos, co-host of Good Morning America

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It is the first major interview after the tragic incident on the set in October in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed. In a TV interview, actor Alec Baldwin denies having fired the fatal shot.

More than a month after the fatal shot at the camerawoman Halyna Hutchins on a US film set, the actor Alec Baldwin denied the firing of the gun. In an excerpt from an interview with ABC News published in advance on Wednesday, Baldwin said, “The trigger was not pulled – I didn’t pull the trigger.” This is the Hollywood star’s first major interview since the tragic incident at the end of October.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger. Never,” affirmed the actor. In the conversation he did not go into how the shot might have come off. Baldwin also stressed that he had “no idea” how live ammunition got onto the western film set. “Someone put a sharp bullet into the gun – a bullet that shouldn’t even be on this property,” said the actor.

Baldwin sued several times after incident

The one-hour interview is to be broadcast on Thursday at 8 p.m. (local time, Friday 2 a.m. CET). In the excerpt published in advance, Baldwin is very emotional. “Even now I find it hard to believe,” he says with tears in his eyes. “When I think back, I think, ‘What could I have done?”

Baldwin, who is also the producer of the film, apparently accidentally shot 42-year-old cinematographer Hutchins with a prop gun while filming in New Mexico state. Director Joel Souza was hit in the shoulder and injured. The revolver had apparently been loaded with at least one real bullet. The Hollywood star was sued several times after the incident.


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