Alec Baldwin describes ‘stoked up’ gun details in deadly ‘Rust’ shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin talks again about the fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of his movie “Rust” last year.

Baldwin, who previously told ABC News that he did not pull the trigger on the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21, 2021, stood by the claim in his Tuesday interview.

On the “Chris Cuomo Live” podcast, the actor walked the former CNN anchor through the process of “venting” a gun after discussing his December 2021 interview with ABC News.

“So if you pull the hammer back and you don’t lock the hammer, if you pull the hammer far enough, in old western movies you would see someone fanning the hammer of the gun,” Baldwin said.

“The hammer didn’t lock, you pulled it back until it fired the bullet without you pulling the trigger, without you jamming the hammer.”

Baldwin then reiterated that the set’s senior security officer “Rust” had said the weapon was “safe”, what was called a “cold weapon”.

“Now why did he say that if he didn’t know and didn’t check?” The thing is, we’ve been told everything is cool and you can relax and we’re working with a weapon that’s safe to repeat,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin, producer and star of the western, said he was told to handle the gun as Hutchins and director Joel Souza set up a scene. Souza was also injured when the gun fired.

Baldwin said there was only “one question” to ask about the shooting: “Who put a live bullet in the gun?”

“There is no other question to be asked.”

Later in the interview with Cuomo, Baldwin said he was not a victim of the “Rust” tragedy. “Now what I’m saying is the real tragedy here is what happened to [Hutchins].”

You can see Baldwin’s full interview with Cuomo below.

The interview comes just days after an FBI forensic report determined the gun used in the shooting could not fire without pulling the trigger.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, in a statement to ABC News and NPR, wrote that the report was “misinterpreted.”

A report from the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s Office Monday found the shooting was an accident, The Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors have not decided whether to press charges in the shooting case, according to the news service, saying they will review the reports and continue to search for Baldwin’s phone records.


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