Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly for the first time in front of the camera about cinematographer Halyna Hutchins whom he shot dead on the set of “Rust.” He referred to Hutchins as a friend and said he was in “regular communication” with the deceased’s family.
“He’s a friend of mine,” Baldwin told photographers Saturday (30/10) on a side street in Vermont. “We were a very, very good crew, shooting a movie together and then this horrible thing happened.” Baldwin’s video was distributed by TMZ.
Investigators believe Baldwin’s gun fired a live bullet that killed Hutchins and injured director Joe Souza.
Baldwin was accompanied by his wife, Hilaria, as he spoke to the photographer. Hilaria recorded her meeting with the media using a mobile phone, while several times trying to stop her husband from talking. Baldwin said he raised his voice to stop photographers from stalking his family.
Baldwin called the incident on set a “one in a trillion chance” and said he had met Hutchins’ late husband. “He is in shock, he has a 9 year old son. We kept in touch with him because we were very worried for his family and children. Like I said, we’re patiently waiting for the sheriff’s department to tell us what the outcome of their investigation is.”
Investigators in New Mexico said the shooting location appeared to be “taking lightly” the handling of the weapons, but it was too early to determine whether any charges would be brought.
Santa Fe Sheriff, Adan Mendoza, said his department found 500 rounds of ammunition – a mixture of blank, mock and suspected real bullets – while searching the set for the cowboy-themed film.
Investigators have found the main projectile believed to have been fired by the actor. Tests are underway to determine whether the projectiles taken from Souza’s shoulder were fired from the same long Colt revolver used by Baldwin. Federal Bureau of Investigation (the Federal Bureau of Investigation/FBI) will help with ballistics analysis.
Souza, who stands behind Hutchins, told researchers there should be no natural bullets at the filming location.
District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said investigators could not say whether the incident was negligence or whose responsibility it was. He called the case a complex case, which required deeper research and analysis. [rd/ft]