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Alec Baldwin says he did not pull trigger when cinematographer shot on Rust film set

Actor Alec Baldwin says he did not pull the trigger on the prop gun which fired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust.

Actor Alec Baldwin says he did not pull the trigger on the prop gun which fired and killed a cinematographer on the set of the film, Rust.

Key points:
  • The fatal accident on the set of Rust killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza
  • Alec Baldwin says he does not know why live ammunition was on the set
  • Investigations into the October 23 accident are continuing

In an interview with the US ABC's George Stephanopoulos, which will be released on Thursday, Mr Baldwin denied being the one to pull the trigger.

ABC released a clip on Wednesday showing Mr Baldwin breaking down in tears while describing Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was killed on the set.

Director Joel Souza was also injured.

"I didn't pull the trigger," Mr Baldwin said.

"I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never."

It was Mr Baldwin's first sit-down interview since the October 21 shooting on the set of the western film, Rust.

Authorities have said Mr Baldwin was told the gun was safe to handle, but they continue to investigate how a live round ended up in the weapon.

Mr Baldwin was asked during his interview with Stephanopoulos how a live round ended up on the set.

"I have no idea," the actor said.

"Someone put a live bullet in a gun — a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property."

Investigators have described "some complacency" in how weapons were handled on the set.

They have said it is too soon to determine whether charges will be filed, amid independent civil lawsuits concerning liability in the fatal shooting.

AP/ABC

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