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Alec Baldwin speaks publicly for first time amid ongoing 'Rust' shooting investigation

News Agencies | Updated on: 31 October 2021, 11:51 IST

Amid the ongoing 'Rust' movie shooting investigation, on Saturday, Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin spoke to photographers in Vermont where he said he is cooperating with police and has been speaking to them every day.

According to Fox News, Baldwin maintained that he could not speak on the active investigation. "It's an active investigation in terms of a woman died, she was my friend," Baldwin said.

"We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together, and then this horrible event happened," he added, admitting that the fatal shooting on the set is a "one in a trillion event." He said, "There are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this. This is a one in a trillion episode. It's a one in a trillion event."

Baldwin divulged that he is "extremely interested" in limiting the use of firearms on set following the fatal incident.

"But remember, how many bullets have been fired in films and TV shows in the last 75 years. This is America. How many bullets have gone off in movies and on TV sets before? How many, billions in the last 75 years? And nearly all of it without incident. So what has to happen now is, we have to realize that when it does go wrong and it's this horrible, catastrophic thing, some new measures have to take place," he said.

The actor continued, Rubber guns, plastic guns, no live -- no real armaments on set. That's not for me to decide. It's urgent that you understand I'm not an expert in this field, so whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people's safety on film sets, I'm all in favour of and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can."

Baldwin and his wife Hilaria had been on the road before making the impromptu press conference. The actor pulled over and agreed to talk to photographers if he could have some space.

The coupe was spotted enjoying drinks at a bar in a small ski town Friday night. Hilaria had wine while Baldwin had a non-alcoholic IPA.

Earlier Friday, Hilaria was seen driving Baldwin around the small town. At one point, she exited the car to pump gas. The author and yoga instructor attempted to shield her face from photographers as the couple tried to maintain a low profile amid the ongoing investigation of the shooting that took place on Baldwin's 'Rust' movie set.

Later, Hilaria was spotted sans Baldwin as she stopped at a local Italian market to pick up groceries. The family's nanny accompanied her.

Baldwin discharged a gun on the set of 'Rust' in New Mexico on October 21, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. Assistant director Dave Halls had told Baldwin that the gun was a "cold gun," meaning "not hot" or unloaded after armourer Hannah Gutierrez Reed had placed the gun on a cart on set.

Prop master Sarah Zachry also handled the gun before the fatal shooting, according to a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office.

As per Fox News, the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the incident and said it was "too early" to comment on potential charges during a press conference on Wednesday. However, Sheriff Adan Mendoza has since referred to the department's efforts as a "criminal investigation."


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First published: 31 October 2021, 11:51 IST