Alec Baldwin says he never pulled the trigger in fatal ‘Rust’ shooting

Alec Baldwin, Rust set
Alec Baldwin, Rust set Mark Sagliocco / Getty Images for National Geographic / Jae C. Hong / AP Photo

Alec Baldwin said he never pulled the trigger of the gun that was fired on the set of the film “Rust.”

In a preview of the actor’s interview with George Stephanopoulos, which airs on ABC News at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Baldwin said “the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.” 

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them,” he told Stephanopoulos. “Even now, I find it hard to believe that. It doesn’t seem real to me.” 

Last month, a prop gun that Baldwin was holding discharged on set and killed the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and injured the film’s director, Joel Souza.

Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin how this happened and how a real bullet could have gotten on the New Mexico set. 

“I have no idea,” Baldwin said. “Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that was not even supposed to be on the property.” 

“You said you’re not a victim,” Stephanopoulos said, “but is this the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?” 

“Yes,” Baldwin responded, “because I think back and I think of ‘what could I have done?'” 


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