The husband of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed on the set of Rust has slammed Alec Baldwin for not taking responsibility for her death.
Matt Hutchins said called the Hollywood star’s actions “absurd” and admits he felt “so angry” seeing him talk about Halyna’s death in public after he had held the firearm that fatally injured her.
Halyna, 42, was killed on the set of the Western movie in October last year following an incident in which a prop gun Alec, 63, was holding was discharged.
Following the incident, Alec gave an interview to US network ABC and said he felt sadness, but not guilt.
He claimed he “could not say who” was responsible for her death.
Now, in a chat with NBC’s Today show, Matt has opened up about the comments.
He told the host: “Watching him I just felt so angry.
“I was angry to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way and then to not accept responsibility after having just described killing her.
“The idea that the person holding the gun causing it to discharge is not rep is absurd to me.”
Matt’s words come as Alec prepares to fight a number of lawsuits filed against him following the incident.
Cases are being brought by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, head of lighting Serge Svetnoy as well as Halyna’s family.
According to lawyers, the actor had pointed the prop gun at the cinematographer during the set-up for the filming of a scene when it discharged.
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It left Halyna dead and also wounded the movie’s director, Joel Souza. Joel was hit in the shoulder by the bullet and was taken to hospital at the time before being discharged.
Alec claims that while he was the one holding the gun, it went off without him pulling the trigger.
And the Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told Vanity Fair that she has been looking into the actor’s claim that he did not pull the trigger and launched an unofficial investigation of her own to test Baldwin’s claims that he had only pulled back the hammer of the gun before it went off.
She said: “You can pull the hammer back without actually pulling the trigger and without actually locking it.
“So you pull it back partway, it doesn’t lock, and then if you let it go, the firing pin can hit the primer of the bullet.”
“I didn’t know too much about guns, certainly not about 1850s-era revolvers. So when I first heard that, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s crazy’.”
Matt continued to say there were “multiple responsible parties” for the death of his wife.
He added: “Gun safety was not the only problem on that set, there were standards that were not practiced.
“There are multiple responsible parties.”
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