'Rust' shooting victim husband 'angry' as Baldwin denies blame

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Los Angeles Updated: Feb 24, 2022, 09:06 AM(IST)

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Actor Alec Baldwin was holding a Colt gun during a rehearsal for the low-budget project 'Rust' in New Mexico in October when it discharged a live round, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The husband of the "Rust" crew member shot dead by Alec Baldwin on a movie set said he holds the US actor responsible and was "so angry" to see him denying blame.

Baldwin was holding a Colt gun during a rehearsal for the low-budget Western in New Mexico in October when it discharged a live round, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Matt Hutchins told NBC's Today program "the idea that the person holding the gun, causing it to discharge, is not responsible, is absurd to me."

"But gun safety was not the only problem on that set. There were a number of industry standards that were not practised and there's multiple responsible parties," he said in an excerpt, released ahead of the full interview Thursday.

Baldwin, who was the star and a producer on "Rust," has said he was told the gun contained no live ammunition, had been instructed by Hutchins to point the gun in her direction, and did not pull the trigger.

In December, Baldwin told ABC that he does not feel guilty for Hutchins' death.

"I feel that someone is responsible for what happened and I can't say who that is. But I know it's not me," said Baldwin.

Asked about Baldwin's interview, Matt Hutchins said: "Watching him, I just felt so angry.

"I was just so angry to see him talk about her death so publicly, in such a detailed way, and then to not accept any responsibility after having just described killing her."

Alec Baldwin, other producers want lawsuit over 'Rust' shooting to be quashed

Last week, Matt Hutchins filed a lawsuit against Baldwin and other "Rust" producers claiming "substantial" damages for his wife's wrongful death.

Hutchins' lawyer in a press conference alleged that "reckless conduct and cost-cutting measures" had led to her death.

It is the latest in a flurry of civil lawsuits over the tragedy.

A criminal investigation is also ongoing.

Investigators have not filed criminal charges over the tragedy, but have refused to rule them out against anyone involved, including Baldwin.

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