Baldwin to ABC about shooting: ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’

Alec Baldwin told ABC reporter George Stephanopoulos in an interview broadcast Thursday that he didn’t pull the trigger on the prop pistol he was carrying in the New Mexico movie when it exploded, killing a cinematographer.

“I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said. “I would never, ever pull the trigger at anyone. Never.”

It’s Baldwin’s first sit-down interview since filming the western movie “Rust” on October 21. Authorities said Baldwin had been told the gun was safe to handle but they are continuing to investigate how a live round got into the gun.

ABC released a clip on Wednesday showing Baldwin breaking down in tears while describing Halina Hutchins, the cinematographer who was murdered on location. Director Joel Sousa was also injured.

“I have no idea,” he said in response to a question about how the live shot ended up on set, “Someone fired a live bullet into a pistol, a bullet that wasn’t supposed to be on the property.”

The interview will air as part of ABC’s hour-long special at 8 p.m. Thursday and will air on Hulu later that evening.

Investigators described “some laxity” in how the weapons were handled on the “Rust” set. They said it was too early to say whether charges would be brought, amid separate civil lawsuits over responsibility in the fatal shooting.

ABC said the two-hour special, “20/20,” will next week look into the shooting investigation in more depth.

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