Alec Baldwin In Tears As He Describes Accidentally Shooting Cinematographer
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Alec Baldwin has opened up about accidentally shooting Halyna Hutchins.
The actor was working on the set of his new film Rust when a prop gun, which was loaded with live ammunition, went off and killed the cinematographer.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the 63-year-old claimed that he 'didn't pull the trigger'.
He told the host that the gun inexplicably went off after he picked it up.
Baldwin said: "I think back, I think, 'What could I have done?'.
"The trigger wasn't pulled, I didn't pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at anyone at point a trigger at them, never."
Adding: "Someone put a live bullet in the gun - a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property."
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Baldwin went on to talk about Ms Hutchins, who he said was an amazing person who everyone loved working with.
He said: "She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone who worked with - and admired.
"Even now I find it hard to believe, it just doesn't seem real to me."
During the interview, which is set to air on on ABC in the US at 1am GMT on Thursday (2 December), the pair also discussed the events that led up to the discharge.
Speaking about the interview, Stephanopoulos said he felt that the actor was incredibly open with him.
He said: "As you can imagine he was devastated, but he was also very candid, was very forthcoming.
"He answered every question. He talked about Halyna Hutchins, talked about meeting her family as well.
"[He] went through in detail what happened on the set that day."
Back in October, it was reported that Baldwin was unaware that he had been handed a live gun during filming.
Court records released at the time showed the assistant director said 'cold gun' just before the shooting took place, not knowing the prop gun was loaded with live rounds, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court.
As a result of the discharge, Ms Hutchins, 42, was killed and the film's director Joel Souza was injured.
Following the shocking incident, Baldwin released a statement on Twitter, in which he offered his condolences to Ms Hutchins' family.
He wrote: "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.
"I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.
"My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."
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