Alec Baldwin breaks silence on death of cinematographer on film set: ‘She was my friend’

A video of Alec Baldwin that shows the Rust star and producer being asked about the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film surfaced on Twitter on Saturday.

“I’m not allowed to make any comments because it’s an ongoing investigation,” Baldwin says in the clip, which was shared by Fox News. “I’ve been ordered by the sheriff’s department in Santa Fe. I can’t answer any questions about the investigation.”

“It’s an active investigation in terms of a woman dying,” the actor added. “She was my friend. She was my friend.”

Baldwin breaks silence

In the short clip, it wasn’t clear why Baldwin was on the side of a road with cars and trucks whizzing by, but a report by local news outlet KTLA suggested that reporters had been following Baldwin and his family since the shooting, trying to get a statement.

Baldwin’s wife Hilaria was filming the exchange and seemed to try to get him to stop talking throughout his remarks.

KTLA also said that Baldwin’s statement continued beyond the shorter clip that appeared on Twitter. He stated in a longer video clip shared by TMZ:

We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.

Baldwin also said he has been in contact with Hutchins’ family, including her husband and nine-year-old son.

“We are in constant contact with him because we are very worried about his family and his kid. As I said, we are eagerly awaiting for the sheriff’s department to tell us what their investigation has yielded,” Baldwin said, adding that the shooting was a “one in a trillion” event.

Cooperating with authorities

According to NPR, Baldwin has been cooperating with police since the shooting took place. He was told that the gun was “cold,” or unloaded, before he used it while rehearsing a scene for the film, striking Hutchins fatally and wounding director Joel Souza with the single shot.

Santa Fe investigators have said that there may have been carelessness with live ammunition and weapons on the set but have said that more investigating is needed to determine who, if anyone, can ultimately be held responsible for the shooting.

Souza told investigators that live rounds should never be present near the scene of filming, but 500 rounds of ammunition, some of which are suspected to be live rounds mixed together with “blanks” and dummy rounds, were reportedly taken from the film set during the course of the investigation.

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