Baldwin Claims He “Never Pulled the Trigger” in Fatal “Rust” Shooting

In a stunning interview – his first since the incident — Alec Baldwin claims that he “never pulled the trigger” on the gun that discharged a real bullet, injuring director Joel Souza and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

A tearful Baldwin told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos he has “no idea” how the live bullet ended up in the firearm.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said in the interview.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” he said.

Authorities have previously said Baldwin was holding the prop gun while rehearsing a scene at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe when it accidentally discharged, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and seriously wounding director Joel Souza.

“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin said in the ABC interview.

At one point during the hour-long interview, Baldwin could be seen sobbing and placing his head in his hands.

Asked if the film set shooting was the worst thing that has ever happened to him, the Hollywood star said, “Yes.”

Baldwin’s claims are in direct contrast with what Mamie Mitchell, the film’s script supervisor, stated in a lawsuit filed last month. She said the actor “intentionally … cocked and fired” the gun.

However, the film’s first assistant director (AD) backs Baldwin’s claims. Assistant director Dave Halls – who handed the gun to Baldwin — has always maintained that Baldwin’s “finger was never in the trigger guard” when their cinematographer was killed Oct. 21 on the New Mexico set, his attorney, Lisa Torraco, told ABC News.

“Dave has told me since the very first day I met him that Alec did not pull that trigger,” Torraco insisted in the interview on “Good Morning America.” 

“The entire time, Baldwin had his finger outside the trigger guard, parallel to the barrel. [Halls] told me since day one that he thought it was a misfire,” Torraco said.

“It was a pure accident — freak, awful accident [that] unfortunately killed somebody.”

Baldwin’s emotional interview comes after a new search warrant approved by a judge on revealed that the live round may have been left in the gun from a previous film production.

Investigators revealed the developments in the case as they sought permission to search PDQ Arm & Prop, LLC — an ammunition store in an Albuquerque strip mall that supplied the ill-fated Western with props.

No charges have been brought in the film set shooting, but authorities haven’t yet ruled them out.

During the hour-long interview with Stephanopoulos, Baldwin also paid tribute to the slain cinematographer, saying it “doesn’t seem real” that Hutchins is dead.

“I think back, and I think of what could I have done?” Baldwin said. “She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with [her] and liked by everyone who worked with [her], and admired…,” he said.

“I mean, even now, I find it hard to believe that [she’s gone]. It doesn’t seem real to me.”

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5 comments

  1. It doesn’t seem real that he pointed a gun at someone and it magically fired.

  2. He didn’t have to pull the trigger. He pulled back the hammer (as he admitted on that interview) and released it before it was fully cocked, so the hammer slammed down on the cartridge. He’s correct in saying that live ammo shouldn’t even be on the set, but the crew members were doing target practice during off time and they obviously weren’t using blanks. He was one of the producers, why did he allow live ammo to be used in the area of the set?

  3. What a CROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It wasn’t the moron Hollywood elite; it was that EVIL GUN that aimed and fired ITSELF !!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIGHT !!!!!!!!!

  4. Stop the presses!! Baldwin finally found the elusive “assault weapon”! 🤔🙄 HE took the gun, and no matter what he thought about it, HE pointed it at someone. Never checked it, obviously pointed it at someone, and somehow, it “mysteriously” went off. Baldwin is playing on the ignorance of others to sympathize with him. Stand up like a man, admit you made a crushing mistake and apologize, then pay for your serious misjudgment! I don’t allow people who treat weapons haphazardly to have one around me. Three choices: Put it away, treat it as you should, or one of us leaves.

  5. John R, and Tommy R, both absolutely correct. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. Stupidity is even worse. This overblown , thinks He’s better than everybody else, belongs in jail. Not necessarily because he shot those people, but because he doesn’t have the balls to fess up.

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