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Alec Baldwin: 'I Didn't Pull the Trigger' of the Gun

Alec Baldwin will appear on ABC Thursday evening to address the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin says he never pulled the trigger of the gun that shot director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust.” He will address this claim on a new special airing on ABC Thursday evening. 

“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” says Baldwin in a preview of the interview released on Wednesday. This is Baldwin’s first major appearance since the October shooting.

When Baldwin was asked why pointed the gun at Hutchins and pulled the trigger, Baldwin said, “I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never.” Interestingly, the entire scene that played out and ended in a tragedy wasn’t even in the script. 

Baldwin is also seen in the preview stating that he has no idea how a live bullet got in the Colt .45 revolver he used in the scene. “Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

Baldwin visibly fights back tears when talking about Hutchins in the preview.

“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone who worked with her — and admired,” said Baldwin. “it doesn’t seem real to me” Baldwin added.

George Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin if the shooting was the worst thing that had ever happened to him. Baldwin said yes, “because I think back and I think, what could I have done?”

ABC is set to air the interview Thursday night at 8pm EST.

Hylana Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured in October after Baldwin discharged a weapon during a rehearsal that contained what authorities believe was a live round.

The incident, which remains under investigation, has renewed calls for better safety practices on sets with regards to the use of weapons.

Since the incident, Baldwin has been vocal that law enforcement and specialists should be present on any set where firearms are used as part of the production.

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