The lawsuit was filed against Baldwin, who served as an actor and producer on the film, and against the other “Rust” producers. In a new interview with Hoda Kotb of the Today Show, Halyna’s husband, Matt Hutchins, is speaking out against the “30 Rock” actor.
Halyna Hutchins’ Husband Says He Is ‘So Angry’ With Alec Baldwin
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On December 2, Baldwin took part in an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos, where he said he didn’t feel responsible for her death. Hutchins said that he was “so angry” with Baldwin after he watched the interview.
“The idea that the person holding the gun and causing it to discharge is not responsible is absurd to me,” Hutchins told Kotb in an interview that will air on the Today show on Thursday, February 24.
“Watching him I just felt so angry,” he continued. “I was just so angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way and then to not accept any responsibility after having just described killing her.”
He went on to say that gun safety was a problem on the set of “Rust”; however, he indicates that it’s only one of many.
“But gun safety was not the only problem on that set,” Hutchins alleged. “There were a number of industry standards that were not practiced and there’s multiple responsible parties.”
Hutchins is also particularly grieved that no one has been arrested or charged in the fatal shooting that killed his wife and left their 9-year-old son, Andros, without a mother. Juan Rios of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has reported that “the investigation remains open and ongoing.”
Alec Baldwin Insists He ‘Didn’t Pull The Trigger’ That Led To Halyna Hutchin’s Death
During the ABC News interview, Baldwin insists that he did not pull the trigger on the gun that he was holding when it discharged and struck cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. It also wounded director Joel Souza, who was shot in the shoulder.
One of the highlights of the interview comes when Stephanopoulos asks Baldwin about the scene in question. Stephanopoulos states, “It wasn’t in the script for the trigger to be pulled.”
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled,” Baldwin responds. “I didn’t pull the trigger.”
Stephanopoulos repeats, “So you never pulled the trigger?”
“No, no, no, no,” Baldwin says. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never.”
Stephanopoulos also asks, “How did a real bullet get on that set?”
“I have no idea,” Baldwin replies. “Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
Baldwin also revealed that Halyna was someone that everyone liked and admired.
“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with [her], and liked by everyone who worked with [her], and admired,” Baldwin said. “I mean, even now… I find it hard to believe that [it happened]. It just doesn’t seem real to me.”
Alec Baldwin’s Lawyers Do Not Believe That He Is Responsible For ‘Rust’ Death
Baldwin’s attorney, Aaron Dyer, has said that “any claim that Alec was reckless is entirely false.”
“Everyone’s hearts and thoughts remain with Halyna’s family as they continue to process this unspeakable tragedy,” Dyer said in his statement. “We continue to cooperate with the authorities to determine how live ammunition arrived on the ‘Rust’ set in the first place. Any claim that Alec was reckless is entirely false.”
“He, Halyna and the rest of the crew relied on the statement by the two professionals responsible for checking the gun that it was a ‘cold gun’ — meaning there is no possibility of a discharge, blank or otherwise,” he continued.
“This protocol has worked on thousands of films, with millions of discharges, as there has never before been an incident on a set where an actual bullet harmed anyone,” he went on. “Actors should be able to rely on armorers and prop department professionals, as well as assistant directors, rather than deciding on their own when a gun is safe to use.”
The night the wrongful death lawsuit was filed, Baldwin shared a 24-second video from the Parrish Art Museum on Eastern Long Island, where glowing letters spelled out the message “Everything Is Going To Be Alright.”