Alec Baldwin emerges from the silence: “We were a very close-knit team and this horrible event happened”

the essential Alec Baldwin spoke for the first time in front of television cameras since the drama. He reiterated how affected he was.

The filming of the American western “Rust”, in mourning over the death of cinematographer Alec Baldwin killed by an accidental gunfire during a rehearsal will not resume, the Hollywood actor said in an interview on Saturday. “Sometimes accidents happen on film sets, but nothing like that. There was a one in a trillion chance that it would happen,” he lamented.

Alec Baldwin was speaking to television cameras for the first time since the drama on 21 October, and he repeated how affected he was. “She was my family,” he said of the victim Halyna Hutchins, according to images broadcast by the people channel TMZ, showing Alec Baldwin accompanied by his wife Hilaria in Manchester, Vermont (northeast) . He had previously expressed on Twitter his pain after the tragedy and indicated that he was cooperating with the investigating police.

No arrests have taken place at this point and investigations continue into the circumstances of the tragedy at the Bonanza Creek ranch, where Alec Baldwin was making a western movie set in the 19th century. He was handling a revolver that had been presented to him as unloaded and harmless when the shot went off, killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza in the shoulder.

Since the accident, calls for better gun control on Hollywood sets have multiplied, a change in which Alec Baldwin has professed his “keen interest”. He said he was unable to say when he could work again on a set with weapons, and indicated that the shooting of “Rust”, of which he is a producer, would not resume. “We were a very, very close-knit team making a film together and this horrible event happened,” he added.

Alec Baldwin was handling a Colt. 45 revolver which had been presented to him as unloaded and harmless by assistant director Dave Halls. The latter admitted that he should have checked the weapon before the rehearsal but that he had not done so. According to several witnesses, Dave Halls had told Alec Baldwin that the weapon was “cold”, which in cinema jargon means that the gun is empty and harmless.

During a press conference, prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies did not rule out possible criminal proceedings against Alec Baldwin, who is also on the list of producers of “Rust”. But she insisted that it was too early to establish the responsibilities of each and to formulate the accusations which could result from it.

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