Alec Baldwin said in tears that he “didn’t pull the trigger” in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Helena Hutchins, whose death shook Hollywood and raised concerns about guns on set.
in a Interview with ABC News, which was shown Thursday, Baldwin appeared baffled by how the shooting had come about.
“Well, the tiger didn’t pull, I didn’t pull the trigger,” he said in a video posted by ABC News on Wednesday. “No, no, no, I would never point my gun at anyone and pull the trigger on them. Never.”
Hutchins, 42, was killed and 48-year-old director Joel Sousa was wounded by what appeared to be a shell fired by Baldwin on the set of the film “Rust” in New Mexico on Oct. 21, officials said.
“I have no idea ‘how it happened, someone fired a live bullet into a pistol, a bullet that wasn’t supposed to be on the property,'” Baldwin told ABC News reporter George Stephanopoulos.
Baldwin said that Hutchins was a popular figure among her peers.
“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with him [her] She is loved by everyone who works with her [her] He said, his voice choking with emotion as he wiped away the tears. I mean, even now I find it hard to believe. It doesn’t seem real to me.”
A representative of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the case, was not immediately available for comment.
“I think about the past and think about what I could have done?” Baldwin said.
The full interview airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.